Dear family and friends,
In late-May 2016, Mark was invited to speak at a choral festival at Southeast Asia Bible Seminary (Seminari Alkitab Asia Tenggara, or SAAT), in Malang, Java, Indonesia. And now our whole family is headed to SAAT from January through June 2018!
SAAT is a Christian seminary in the Reformed tradition that was founded in Bandung, Java, in 1952 and moved to Malang in 1954. The seminary has a long tradition of educating church leaders for service to Christian churches in Indonesia and beyond. In addition to their Master of Divinity program, SAAT offers bachelor’s degrees in theology, including one with a focus on church music.
Our particular connection to SAAT comes through Mark’s colleague, Yudha Thianto, who attended SAAT and is well connected with its administration and faculty. It was his dreaming that got Mark to SAAT in 2016 and began our whole process of spending the spring 2018 semester there as a family.
Mark will teach courses at SAAT in the church music program, on topics in music history and church music. He will also present workshops for pastors and church musicians at SAAT’s ministry center in Jakarta and will likely have other opportunities to speak while there, as well.
Candace will continue to homeschool the kids. We have already built Indonesian culture, history, and cuisine into our homeschool curriculum this fall. Candace will also play organ for chapel services at SAAT each Wednesday and will likely have other opportunities to perform on organ, piano, and flute.
And the kids will live five months in Indonesia—now that’s a field trip!
We plan to set up some kind of regular communication to keep friends and family updated on our adventures. More to come soon. In the meantime, you can learn more about SAAT here: https://seabs.ac.id/en/