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 was 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 until now.
For 43 years Lois lived 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 worked with Moni and Dani 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 nomadic, quite isolated, and accessible only by small plane, helicopter, or dugout canoe.
Lois’ most recent ministry was helping to equip and empower the evangelists in these outlying areas, to reach their people more effectively. The evangelists, who live and work in more remote areas, gathered regularly at one of five centres for teaching. Lois visited each of these centres every six months and taught three to five days in each place.
Visiting the centres, church leaders, both men and women, accompanied her to help in the ministry, both to the local people and the evangelist families. Everything they did—medical ministry, literacy, building airstrips, clear Bible teaching and preaching, healing and deliverance prayer—was 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 most areas, workers are still dealing with some resistant, spirit-worshipping chiefs and strong spirits, who have influence over the local people. Evangelists in 25 outposts now treat the sick and teach literacy as they share the Gospel. Lois was also involved in preparing and providing most of the local language materials. This ministry and the various areas of evangelistic ministries have been left in the hands of capable national workers.
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.
You can follow Lois’ life and adventure on her Facebook page, “Lois Belsey International Worker in Papua, Indonesia.”
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