Tom & Monica Liddle Send Greetings from Timor-Leste

Greetings from Timor-Leste!
We are writing to personally thank you for your generous contributions to our mission appointment through Global Ministries.  We are grateful to be here on behalf of the church as an expression of its commitment to the wider world.
Our work from day-to-day is both gratifying and challenging.  Tom has been working on continuing education for pastors in the Protestant Church of Timor Leste (IPTL) while also serving as a local church pastor.  Also, you may be aware that Global Ministries has been supporting a rural school in partnership with IPTL.  Tom is also working on a research project together with church leaders to assess the impact the school is having in that rural community.  If you want to learn more about the school you can visit Global Ministries web page.
Monica’s daily work in Clinic Immanuel is ever evolving.  The clinic continues to see between 30 and 80 patients a day, 5 days a week.  Over the past year, in partnership with its main funder, Uniting World of Australia, Clinic Immanuel has been moving more in the direction of health education and promotion.  A lot of this work takes place within the context of regular consultation, but the clinic has also been working with a remote village to try a more grassroots approach.  This project has involved monthly mobile clinics and health seminars and helping them reduce open defecation.  This past year we built 4 toilets in the community which motivated others to build their own toilets, doubling the number of families that have access to a toilet.  Our goal for the upcoming year is to help the community to reduce open defecation completely.  Everyone has a right to a toilet!
Our son Simon (7) is about to finish his 1st grade year in a public school and our daughter Hannah (13) recently returned from spending the summer in the U.S. and is back to her homeschooling.  We’re glad to have her back!
Once again, thanks so much for your continued interest and support.  We value very much the connection with you.  You are welcome to be in touch with us directly if you ever have questions or if there’s anything we can help you understand better about global mission or Timor Leste.  In case you’re not aware, we have a blog.  One of us tries to write on it monthly.
God’s Peace,
Monica and Tom Liddle