I was born and raised in Chennai, India. In 1985, I moved to Buffalo, New York, for graduate studies. My wife, Bee, and I married in 1990 and had 4 children. We moved to Indonesia in 2014 for an expat work assignment with my company . It was at our church in Jakarta that we were first exposed to the refugee ministry. We are continuing to work with refugees now in many different areas such as education, business enterprises, Bible studies, crafts, providing for living expenses, etc. We are privileged to join God in what He is doing amongst us in Indonesia. He has brought people from many countries that are traditionally closed to missionaries so that we have a chance to reflect the light and love of Christ to them during their stay in Indonesia. We are thankful to the Lord for this opportunity.
I was born and raised in Malaysia. After graduating from high school in 1982, I left to further my studies in the US. I got married and lived in the US until we moved to Indonesia. My husband, David, and I started this ministry by bringing up to 70 refugees at a time into our home. I was able to cook for these refugees every time they visited. Currently, I get to use my education degree and organizational skills in leading the learning center and kids program and to help support other activities like vocational classes for refugee ladies and providing care packages, etc. It is a privilege to be able to serve these children and their families during their time of waiting. With God's help, we hope that we can educate these children so that their transition to a third country will be smoother.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ from Iran, accepting him as my savior in 2011. In 2014, I moved to Indonesia and picked up the language very well in the local churches. I also learned English. After some time I had developed relationships with the Indonesian people. Then I found Jakarta International Christian Fellowship (JICF) church and served as a leader with them, teaching a Bible class in Bogor before moving to Serpong a year ago to help refugees in this area with New Hope Refugee Ministries to lead Bible studies, to share the gospel as the Lord leads and help make disciples of Jesus Christ here in Indonesia.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ from Iran. Moving to Indonesia in 2012 accepted Jesus as my Savior in 2014. I attended a church in Jakarta called Jakarta International Christian Fellowship (JICF), where the Lord helped me to learn both English and Indonesian well. Currently, I serve the Lord as a part of the worship team at JICF. My husband and I would like to help refugees in Jakarta, Cisarua, and Serpong. I am excited to be a part of New Hope Refugee Ministries, where I plan to teach kids, lead seeker and discipleship studies and help out as needed with all aspects of the ministry including language classes, vocational training, care packages, etc.
Elnaz Asma Irak
Najib lived in Afghanistan until he was 13, then moved to Tehran, where he stayed for 20 years, and then went back to Afghanistan for 2 months before coming to Indonesia in 2014. His family is still living in Tehran, so one of the hardest things about living as a refugee here in Indonesia is being so far away from his family, especially his daughter. It is also difficult for him to face uncertainty about his future, as well as to not be allowed to work and earn money for himself while he waits here.
Najib hopes to be a writer one day. He believes that there are a lot of untold stories in Afghanistan that have yet to be recorded, and he would like to write about them. He is currently writing his own book. Other than writing, he also loves swimming, biking, and going to the gym. Although it is hard for him, Najib enjoys his current community.
Click on the link below to read Najib's book, currently a work in progress.
I have been working with little children since I was nineteen, when I was in the U.S. In 2008, I returned to Indonesia and worked with kindergartners, then tutored. Two years ago, I became a full-time mother, tutoring when I could. I had always been amazed by the love and compassion that the Pauls have for our refugee neighbors. When they needed help to start a refugee learning center, I volunteered to help put together the lesson plans and worksheets. I was overwhelmed at times but blessed to be able to help these children. I thank God for the opportunity to invest in His work. To God be the glory!