by Nevin Nitschke

When LCA International Mission put out a call a few months back for volunteers to help teach conversational English online for Indonesian seminary students, we prayed we would find enough willing people to support our overseas partners.

When we first began planning, I thought we would need at least 40 people to help run the four-week course. And God provided! There were 46 volunteers who gave their time to run the 70-minute sessions with first and second-year students from Abdi Sabda Theological College in North Sumatra each day.

Volunteers came from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. They included LCA members and people from Wycliffe Bible Translators and independent churches. Several teachers said they saw the daily lessons as a good distraction during COVID-19 lockdowns.

A ‘grand closing’ for the holiday program was held on 11 August and was attended online by more than 200 people.

Several of the students sang songs for the teachers to thank and bless them.

The online service was a celebration of the previous months and the Australian teachers who attended felt blessed and very honoured, with many teachers and students describing their time together as an amazing experience.

The 2022 course is already being planned and if you would like to join us, or know of someone who would enjoy taking part, please email me at or call LCA International Mission on 08 8267 7300.

Nevin Nitschke is an LCA International Mission program officer.

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