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Dear Friends and Fellow Laborers,                                                           June/2024

 

God is good. We enjoyed our break between semesters. Gina has already started back with language school classes for her final semester before graduating. I have started looking for a few people near where the church is located to start a Bible study with, both to further my Indonesian language ability, and to hopefully see someone trust Christ as Saviour! Much is going on, and we ask your continued, faithful prayers for us as we serve in Indonesia.

The Picture to the left shows the area where Every Nation Baptist Church is located. Each of the four parts of the square is divided by either an Interstate, Train Tracks, or River creating the part of the square. As we are working with Josh Ewing right now, he has shared with us a vision to see a new church plant in each of these parts of the square. Already in section 1 is Every Nation BC, and in each of the other parts we have found what we believe good places to start Bible studies. As we move forward in learning to do ministry here in Indonesia, Bro. Josh has asked me to head-up the one we are trying to start in section 3. I have already started walking the streets and familiarizing myself with the area and allowing the people to get to know me. Please be in prayer for us that the LORD would bring together people ready and willing to hear His word.

As we move forward in the ministry, we are praying for God’s guidance as to where exactly He would have us serve and start a church here in Indonesia. Should the LORD allow us to continue here in Jakarta, there are dozens of areas in need of a church and/or gospel influence. God already has many such places throughout the city, but with over 30 million people here another church is far short of what is needed. How much more so outside the largest city in the country?

As we continue into this new step of ministry, Gina and I have also looked at our family’s time

table. Thalia being 2 years old, and Inara being one, I once heard a friend of mine, who no doubt stole the phrase from somewhere else, say that we only have 18 summers with our children before they move on with life. Being that a large chunk of our days are currently taken up with Language or Ministry, I was made acutely aware the other day when I got home around 5:30pm, and realized the girls were going to bed in 2 hours. The Scriptures make it clear that a man must lead his own home well before he is qualified for ministry. But you can’t lead a home when you are never there. I simply ask that you pray for me that God would give me wisdom to do the ministry, but not at the expense of my family.

Thank you for being faithful to pray for us, and for our prayer requests. Pray for us to have patience and wisdom to deal with the trials that God allows to come our way. Pray for our children that we may teach them about the Lord so that they may one day have a personal relationship with Him. Lastly, pray for us as we continue to grow together as a family.

 

With Love in Our Hearts,

In Service to the King,

Jens, Gina, Thalia & Inara Looney

Your Missionaries to Indonesia

 

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