Lloyd Update: 2018-5-5

Dear partners,
We count it a privilege to be sent by servants like you that freely sacrifice for the praise of His name.  Much of these updates have been shared on our private Facebook page.  If you are not following us there and would like more frequent updates, please follow us there.

Praises:

  • We were able to renew our permission to stay in the country for another year (we renew annually) with 3 days to spare before we would be forced to leave the country.  God’s perfect timing 🙂
  • Zac’s 3-on-3 tournament was very well attended and has brought many new people to the community center for Zac to interact with during the week.
  • The open house at the community center was well attended and provided good opportunities to interact with our community in a more relaxed and festive setting.
  • Our trip to Jakarta for the kids’ orthodontist visit went well.  The middle two boys now have retainer type devices that we adjust weekly and our daughter Grace must wait until a couple more adult teeth come in before getting braces.
  • We’ve spent a few days this week without internet (city-wide blackout) and are praising God for his provision to interact with family and friends a world away via technology.

Requests:

  • In addition to her twice-weekly ESL class at the community center, Leigh is also teaching ESL twice weekly to the nursing instructors at the nursing school.  (She homeschools 4 children also 🙂 ).  Please pray for her to prioritize appropriately and serve well.
  • Zac has been invited to come to the university and teach English to 12 professors there.  He also may have an opportunity to give a talk on toxicology (his background) at the university.  Please pray for these opportunities to develop as God desires and that Zac would walk in obedience.
  • This past month Leigh has had some weird rashes that come on quickly and spread across her entire body.  She can get a bit panicky in these situations and does not count them among her favorite things in Indonesia.  Please pray for her health and these weird sicknesses to not last long or be too serious.
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Grace at the immigration office getting her fingerprints and photos taken for another year of ‘legal’ service.
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Grace helping her brother Bryce show off his new retainer 🙂
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We were able to host a ‘family worship’ service with our church in our home this past month. 
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And we finished the family worship night as you would expect… playing on the American Ninja Warrior ropes course in front of our house 🙂
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Here are the winning and runner-up team at the 3-on-3 tournament.  We were so thankful for their great sportsmanship.  It was a joy to see them play and have fun.
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Our kids did a great job helping out and running games during the open-house event.

Seeking the Fountain of Living Waters,
Zac and Leigh
Grace, Bryce, Reece, and Jayce
brokencisterns.com

Our mailing address is:
Zac Lloyd
PO Box 115
Manokwari
Papua Barat 98301
Indonesia

Lloyd Update 2018-3-31

Dear partners,
Praising God with you, our partners, for His provision for us and freedom from bondage to sin.

Praises:

  • Thank you for praying for our classes, they have been really well attended recently.  Please pray for God to open up doors in the lives of those that we are interacting with.
  • Despite so many of our local friends becoming sick with Malaria, God continues to protect our health, and we attribute that to prayer.

Requests:

  • On April 15th, we will be having an open-house at the community center to celebrate those students that have completed the 3 month ESL course.  The board has also decided to invite more people from the community up for a time of food and interaction.  Please pray that this will go well and be effective.
  • Zac is planning a 3-on-3 tournament on April 21st.  Please pray that this is well-attended and a fun activity for the locals.
  • We will be traveling to Jakarta on April 16th to have our 3 oldest start orthodontal treatments.  Please pray that this trip goes uneventfully.
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Leigh and Grace have a very large ESL class (27+) and our TEAMmate (Diane Kennedy) also has a large ESL class this month.  We are excited to see so many people at the community center.
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Zac continues to spend several days each week at the community center teaching basketball to boys (ages 7-14, usually).  There have been 20 or more kids showing up recently.  This provides a natural context to share stories and teach truth.
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The basketball rims are breaking regularly (about once every 2 weeks).  And no, it’s not because Zac is dunking too often, as I know many of you were thinking.  This is just an example of the many ‘little’ things that seem to occur routinely that cause us to not trust in ourselves or things in this world.
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We continue to deepen friendships and relationships with locals.  Leigh and Grace attended a birthday party recently.
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Under the ‘what we do for entertainment’ banner, Zac and the boys have been able to enjoy March Madness this year 🙂

Seeking the Fountain of Living Waters,
Zac and Leigh
Grace, Bryce, Reece, and Jayce
brokencisterns.com

Our mailing address is:
Zac Lloyd
PO Box 115
Manokwari
Papua Barat 98301
Indonesia

Lloyd Update 2018-3-10

Dear partners,
Thank you for your prayer and support.  We continually give thanks and praises to God for you.

Praises:

  • We had an encouraging meeting with fellow TEAMmates here in Indonesia in February.  It was very helpful to hear about what others are doing and how to pray for them.
  • Things are going well at the Community Center as we continue to expand our activities and ‘footprint’ in the community and have a new zeal and energy for service.

Requests:

  • Zac has been able to connect with some like-minded nationals recently.  Please pray for these relationships to deepen and that they would spur one another on.
  • Please pray that God would bring the people he wants us to interact with to our various classes and activities at the community center and that we would be open and yielded to the Spirit’s leading.

 

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The netting around the basketball court is complete and creates a much safer place to play basketball.  This has been a great platform for Zac to interact with cousins in our community.

 

 

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More and more kids are coming to Zac’s basketball ‘clinic’ at the community center.  This has been fun for Zac and well-received by the community.

 

 

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Our organization recently held an annual conference for all of its missionaries in this part of the world at a nearby city (about an hour flight).  This was a very encouraging time for our family.

 

 

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While away at the annual conference, the owners of our home increased the height of the barbed-wire that surrounds the home that we stay in.  This provides another level of security to help ease some of Leigh’s anxieties of intruders.

 

Seeking the Fountain of Living Waters,
Zac and Leigh
Grace, Bryce, Reece, and Jayce
brokencisterns.com

Our mailing address is:
Zac Lloyd
PO Box 115
Manokwari
Papua Barat 98301
Indonesia

Lloyd Update: 2018-1-27

Dear partners,
Here is a quick update on the past few weeks.  (Reminder, we are now also communicating the ‘on-the-ground’ aspects of life via a secret Facebook group to allow for more timely prayer and praise requests.  If you did not receive an invite, then please email us and we will add you).

Praises:

  • We cannot overstate how great it was to have the Filceks stay with us for a week and experience our lives.  We are so thankful for your generosity in contributing to the gifts they brought with them.  We also do not take for granted the health and on-time flights coming and going that they experienced as well.
  • We have started new programs this month (Leigh and Zac teaching ESL and Zac playing basketball) at the community center and are praising God for the many new faces that are coming to our classes.

Requests:

  • The local university (we technically live on university property) has not resumed classes yet since Christmas break.  We believe they will return this week or next, and we ask you to pray that God would provide opportunities to interact with these students, most of whom follow the majority religion.
  • Our health continues to be as good if not better than we experienced in America. Please continue to pray for this. But also, we are considering having some orthodontic work done on our 3 oldest children. We could wait until they are adults and staying in the US full time. However, it appears like there is a reputable and sufficiently trained orthodontist in the country that we could use. He is located in the capital city of Jakarta which is a 4.5-hour flight away from our home.  Please pray for us to have wisdom regarding this non-emergency medical need.

(Leigh made this video recently of her weekly shopping trip for the Community Bible Study group in Kalamazoo, you are welcome to watch it as well)

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Here we are having dinner with the Filcek family.  They were so generous.  They paid for EVERYTHING while they were here.
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Here is Leigh teaching her class of college age and adults.
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We said goodbye to our TEAMmates (Ryan and Mandy) this month as they head back to Florida for the birth of their first child.
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On Mondays and Wednesdays, Zac has been teaching a class of 6-10 Indonesians the fundamentals of basketball, while their parents are in Leigh’s class.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Zac plays 5 on 5 with high schoolers and adults, and it has been great!

Seeking the Fountain of Living Waters,
Zac and Leigh
Grace, Bryce, Reece, and Jayce
brokencisterns.com

Our mailing address is:
Zac Lloyd
PO Box 115
Manokwari
Papua Barat 98301
Indonesia