My God Story
I long to see the evangelists I work with increasingly operate in the power of the Holy Spirit, with the result of harvesting souls and changing lives especially among the most resistant chiefs. I want to see the medical and literacy programs continue to operate after IWs are gone.
Lois was born and raised in Midland, Ontario, to Christian parents and attended the local Alliance Church. She came to know the Lord at a young age, was baptized at 11, and remembers being interested in missions for as long as she can remember because of the constant exposure to missions in her home and church. That interest never wavered and moved into a “call.”
Lois went to Canadian Bible College (CBC) after high school, then to nurses training in Hamilton, followed by midwifery training in Edmonton and nursing practice in Hearst, Ontario. She left for Vietnam in September 1974, but was evacuated to Thailand in 1975, where she stayed for five months. When she couldn’t get a visa to stay in Thailand, she moved to Indonesia in 1976 and has been there ever since.
Lois lives among the Moni tribe, numbering about 25,000, in Hitadipa in the Western Highlands (5000′ above sea level) of West Papua, Indonesia. The Moni are scattered in small villages over the mountains, covering about a 50-mile radius. They are subsistence level farmers, spirit worshippers (animists), and live in a tribal culture.
Lois also works with evangelists in outreach to several other smaller language groups: the Wolani, Turu, Dou, Kirikiri, and Fayu. They live in the foothill and lowland areas, are semi-nomadic, quite isolated, and accessible only by small plane, helicopter, or dugout canoe.
Lois’ current ministry is helping to equip and empower the evangelists in these outlying areas, to reach their people more effectively. The evangelists come from the more remote areas, where they live and work at one of five centres for teaching. Lois visits each of these centres every six months and teaches three to five days in each place.
Visiting the centres, pastors accompany her to help in the spiritual ministry, both to the local people and the evangelist families. Everything they do—medical ministry, literacy, building airstrips, clear Bible teaching—is done with evangelism in mind. Evangelistic posts have been established in all the tribes mentioned above, and there are at least a few baptized believers in each of the tribes; however, in some areas, international workers (IWs) are still dealing with strong, resistant, spirit-worshipping chiefs who have influence over the local people. Evangelists in 25 outposts now treat the sick and teach literacy as they share the Gospel. Lois is also involved in preparing and providing material in the local languages.
Lois’ favourite moment of being an IW is when the light of understanding spiritual truth turns on in someone’s face; blank faces come alive, darkness turns to light. It can be seen and sensed. It is what she prays for and what brings her most joy.
The most challenging aspect of being an IW is the fact that there are so few resources for the people living in remote areas and who only speak tribal languages. Another challenge is finding the key to unlock the hearts of the most resistant. She relies on God for communicating and demonstrating His character to the most hard-hearted in a transferable way.
Lois and her team are looking for short-term intercessor teams. On the financial side, her main approved special is for Village Health Care, which includes the purchase of medicines for evangelists to use in their ministry, midwifery training and kits for female evangelists, and mosquito nets for those living in malaria country.
Lois is presently asking God for a short-term ministry partner or intern to help with the daily tasks of living and ministering in this remote area, with preparation for ministry trips, and participation in these trips.
You can follow Lois’ life and adventure on her Facebook page, “Lois Belsey International Worker in Papua, Indonesia.”
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