Reuniting families in the midst of chaos

Stanley Lepar’s miraculous reunion story.

Today Yayasan MAF Indonesia (MAF) has been busy flying three tons of rice, two full medical teams and medicine to the village of Lindu, 20 minutes south of Palu. This area had been particularly hard hit by the earthquake.

In order to expedite the unloading of the rice we sent one of our MAF Papua staff, Stanley Lepar, to stay and unload every time the helicopter arrived with a load. The other Papua staff stayed here in the hanger in Palu to refuel and load while the pilot remained in the helicopter. Stanley is scheduled to leave today after being in Palu for 10 days helping with the team from Papua. He asked me if he could volunteer to go on today’s flight before his flight home to Sentani.

Stanley’s wife is from the Lindu area. His mother-in-law and extended family members were in the village and had not been heard from since the earthquake.

When Stanley stepped out the helicopter and helped unload the rice bags, he was queried by the people of the village for his name and family history. Everyone was very emotional to find that Stanley had been brought directly to the village, (Lindu-Kanaan), where his mother-in-law, her sister and brother, as well as the grandmother of his wife, Berta were located. It turned out they had not been able to communicate due to poor connectivity of the cell towers damaged in the earthquake.

When the flight to deliver supplies was requested by the Samaritan’s Purse Indonesian team, they were not sure exactly which village to go too. We looked at maps and found Lindu-Kanaan and decided that would be the best place to deliver the rice. Stanley’s family kept exclaiming what a miracle it was, and had an incredible emotional time catching up as a family for the next two hours before Stanley had to leave on the last helicopter supply flight that day.

In Stanley’s own words: “this is the best day – I was not even hoping to hear from them or see them and somehow, I got to go directly to them. I am so blessed and thankful to God for this amazing opportunity!”

When Stanley arrived back in Palu he had a beaming smile from ear to ear and was talking wildly in Indonesian. I don’t speak Indonesian but I could tell something wonderful had happened. To hear the story brought tears and great joy to the team here in Palu. We are glad to be here reaching out to those who need help.

Thank you for your prayers and support, it is making a difference here in Sulawesi.

Story and Photos by Rick Emenaker
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2018-10-14T16:36:50+00:00