Where to Start…

It’s Saturday afternoon here as I sit and think about how I can tell all that has gone on over the past couple of weeks in a few short paragraphs! I am surrounded by a buzz of activity, the sounds of hammering, sawing and playful laughter… Again, feeling blessed to be part of this beautiful community.

With so many projects that need doing, the greatest dilemma has been figuring out what needs to be done first! And with so many projects on the boil we decided the best thing to do was a ‘picture blog’ to update you on all that is going on.

Blog 2 Pic CollagesSo many projects accomplished – Makeshift kitchen, table and sleeping area, shed, fence, pillars, gates (front and back), a surfboard rack, transport (Jayden got ‘the bomb’ running), water pumps, piping, running water and a flushing toilet. Yippee!

In the meantime, in between homeschooling, we’ve got to hang out with Benny, Defi and their 18 children at the Rote Children’s Home, been thrown in the deep end teaching in kids church, visited the medical clinic and given medical provisions that were kindly donated by Excite Safety Training and Accidental Health and Safety, visited the local school with supplies kindly donated by Stanwell Park Public school and enjoyed a couple of soccer games (Oenggaut, the village we live in, v’s Nemberala, the village down the road). We’ve been delighted AND scared at times with creatures great and small! Scorpians, centipedes, red ants, a snake, goats, dogs, pigs, crabs and horses! Noah reckons if he was a pig living here he would pray that he could run very fast!! (This after seeing a pig being caught for a feast!)

After a hard days work it is always amazing to walk down the beach, look around and realise that I am the only one on it!!!

From ‘paradise’ at its best!
Nat, Matt, Jayden, Molly, Grace and Noah x


A Wise Man Once Told Me…

imageHonestly, these past few weeks have felt similar to what I imagine stepping off a cliff blind folded would be like!!

Not only have we been caught, but placed and confirmed into calling and purpose and destiny! As we sit on this slow ferry with a 10 tonne truck tucked away below packed with all our gear and building materials for our first family hut…. I get the  feeling that this is a Holy moment!!

A wise man said to me a couple of weeks ago in the midst of my panic, “each time we take another step out, MORE FAITH IS REQUIRED.” This is what I have discovered:

More faith required = God’s faithfulness again + His miraculous provision again + I learn in the process!

You know, anything can happen at any time. .. I need to learn to expect the unexpected (in a good way!) In just one day,whilst in Bali, we went from the extreme of seeing burning corpses on the beach during a Hindu cremation to a divine appointment with an amazing family.  We didn’t plan either! Not only has meeting this family impacted our immediate future,  but I believe this relationship will be instrumental for all of us in the years to come!  You just never know what is next!

For those of you who saw Noah last time we returned to Oz, you may be interested to hear that, unbelievably,  his hair is already blonde & we haven’t even hit Rote yet!! Grace is not far behind!!! Well,  that’s it for now from this slow boat. I’m going to soak in this ‘Holy moment’.

Land Ahoy!!!
Nat, Matt, Jayden, Molly, Grace and Noah

Tick tock, tick tock.

MollyinColes1As we prepared to leave the simple life we had been living in Indonesia, we were apprehensive about making the move back into ‘western culture’, how to negotiate a world that thrives on ‘busyness’ and all that goes with it. We were adamant not to ‘re-adjust’ & simply conform to this hectic pace…..

Sixteen months later….. “Get me off this treadmill!!!”
Have we been in Sydney so long that we have forgotten how to live simple village life??  Have we grown accustomed to all the benefits of the ‘developed’ world? Am I going to be able to live without access to fresh produce and being able to ‘pop in’ to the supermarket daily? Can I survive without my warm lamb and goats cheese salads, drinking from the tap, refrigeration and electricity??


These questions and more roll around my mind along with the seemingly endless ‘to do’ list of moving out of the house, another garage sale, home-schooling research and prep, organising visas, medical checkups, dental checkups, medical kits and so much more….


Stay tuned and join us on the adventure that will be 2014

We have some exciting news!

During Matt’s recent visit a land contract was established and Mercy Huts now has a home until 2033!

Mercy Huts Surf Retreat adventure that gives back on rote island indonesia

We have just $7K to go to reach the full land contract price which would enable us to move into stage 2… BUILDING!

SO, if you’ve been thinking about joining us on the journey, there is no better time than NOW, especially with the end of the financial year only 10 days way. Learn how you may be able to offset your tax via donating to Mercy Huts through your trust fund by replying to this email or calling Sally on 0401 302 481.

Join us and let’s MAKE A DIFFERENCE together!

With heart-felt thanks
The Mercy Huts Team

Matt and Nat Thistlewaite
Paul and Sally McMahon
Simon and Danielle Beaufils
Steve Pearce
Mike Devlin

Ps. Go to our get involved page to donate

Abraham’s Story

Abraham is one of only a few children at the Rote Mercy Home who is actually orphaned. The majority of children in the care of Defi and Benny are from parents who simply cannot afford to provide anything for these kids.

Empowering Local Community - Abraham

A common theme throughout eastern Indonesia is the dire poverty families are facing. There are a number of cases where babies are taken away into bush-land and left out of sight/ out of mind because the parents simply have no other option in their eyes.

Abraham, who is now 8 years old would walk 7 miles each day to collect a bowl of rice for his grandmother and himself. At the time he was taken in by Mercy Indonesia’s new home in Ba’a he was suffering from severe malnutrition. He was sick on most days because his immune system was lacking. Even now after being cared for and provided for coming up to 2 years, Abraham still has problems with his stomach. He suffers from the effects of contracting malaria but on a whole Abraham is happy, goes to school and loves playing soccer with his fifteen new siblings.