Family Spotlight! Singapore to Papua

Meet the Lam Family!

YanHoon and her husband, WeiChee, live in Papua, Indonesia with their 3 children.  Charis, Constance and Chrysta have 2 dogs and 3 cats!  Their infectious smiles can brighten your day.

Introduce your family to us.

We are a family of five. My husband is a church planter. I'm a stay-home mum. We have 3 daughters, the oldest is 12, the second is 10, and the youngest is 6. 

What do you consider your “home” country and where are you living now?

We are from Singapore, the most beautiful island in the world (yes, we are definitely biased). We are currently living in Wamena, Papua, Indonesia. 
 

Why is your family living in a different country other than your home country?

We are here because the Lord has called us to serve Him here as church planters.  We started a church here and will stay with the church until it grows and we can turn it over to a local pastor that we have helped train.

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What has been the best part of living overseas?

Being in the Lord's will is the best thing about living here. We also appreciate living in the boondocks where we wake up daily to the chirping of birds and get lured to sleep by the songs of crickets. We are so glad to be able to homeschool our children here and take them away from the pressure cooker educational system that so characterizes the Asian educational system. 
 

What has been the hardest part of living overseas?

We certainly miss the many amenities in Singapore. Oh, the good food that can be found so cheaply all over the island. And of course the level of safety in Singapore. 
 

What is your children’s favorite thing to do in the country you now live?

Being able to play outside, catch fish in the ditches, and the occasional trip up the hills. 

What homeschool curriculum have you found that works for your family and why do you like it?

We stick mainly to the Singapore-based curriculum. Singapore Math and Science are tough but that gives them an excellent foundation in their (hopefully) pursuit of STEM courses in their tertiary education. When they progress to the middle/secondary level, we adopt the British system that will see them get 2 internationally recognized qualifications; one at age 16 and another at age 18. We also enroll then for foreign language classes. 

What piece of advice do you have for women around the world who are homeschooling?

Stick to your homeschooling plan/schedule as best as you can. Contingencies might crop up from time to time. But be disciplined in sticking to the plan and get whatever planned for the day accomplished. That helps the children to learn discipline, too. Of course, don't be too hard on yourself when factors beyond your control disrupt the schedule. As the saying goes, "Do the best you can and trust the Lord for the rest."

Do you have any prayer requests you’d like to share?

Growth in the ministry.
 

Do you have a funny story to share?

My husband was at Dunkin Donuts during our survey trip.  There was an offer going on, buy 5 and get 1 free, but he was not aware of it.  He ordered 12, and the cashier told him he only needed to pay for 10, for the other 2 were free.  Then my husband pointed at the 2 free donuts, and said "Percuma"?  He used the wrong word.  "Percuma" in bahasa Melayu means free, but in bahasa Indonesia, the word means useless.  No wonder the cashier gave him a nonplussed look.

 

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