Alan Beltcher(Pendita Meripa) and Pendita Ganit
PENDITA MERIPA , THE WHOLE LUN BAWANG COMMUNITY WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOU HAD DONE AMONG OUR PEOPLE. YOUR SACRIFICE FOR
OUR PEOPLE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. NOW YOU ARE REUNITED WITH PENDITA GANIT AND YOUR FRIENDS FROM LONG SEMADOH WHO HAD LEFT FOR HEAVEN EARLIER THAN YOU. wHAT A REUNION IN HEAVEN. HOW CAN WE FORGET THE YEARS YOU HAD STAYED WITH US IN LONG SEMADOH? THE LAST TIME WE MET WAS IN THE PHOTO ABOVE, TAKEN IN BARIO. YES WE ARE FOREVER GRATEFUL.
" THE MEMORIAL SERVICE TO BE HELD IN LAWAS, SARAWAK ON THE 19TH JANUARY 2013 TO REMEMBER THE LATE PENDITA MERIPA OR ALAN BELTCHER, HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2ND MARCH 2013."
BEM MISSIONARIES AND THEIR LOCAL NAMES
When the BEM missionaries came to the island of Borneo to spread the Good News among the natives, especially among the Lun Bawang and Kelabits, they were affectionately given new names by them.Here are some names, of which I hope will make us recall the astonishing contribution of these great men for and to the Kingdom of God.God bless them all.
Hudson Southwell(Pendita Padan or Tuan Tapu),Frank Davidson(Tuan Lisin),Enid Davidson(Pendita Litad),Winsome Southwell(Pendita Gadung),Alan Beltcher(Pendita Meripa),Madge Hill(Pendita Ganit),Ken Copper(Pendita Mutang),Bruce Morton(Pendita Panai),Alf Thorrat(Pendita Balang),Joan Copper(Pendita Supang),Trevor White(Pendita Asang),Bill Hawes(Pendita Kawas),Bryan Mukem(Pendita Mitun),Bob Buurton(Pendita Gaing),Bill Lees(Pendita Gisar),Keith Napper(Pendita Lasan),D. Robinson(Pendita Riung),Winston Usher(Pendita Kalang),Dennis Barry(Pendita Paren),Keith(Pendita Lian),Ray Cunningham(Pendita Sigar),Evelyn Cunningham(Pendita Tunung).....
THEIR DEEDS WILL FOLLOW THEM
I remembered a number of missionaries quite well,
particularly Alan Beltcher and his wife Pendita Meripa. They stayed in Long Semadoh for many years, the people had
built a small house by the Trusan river for them, and they will gather some people to translate the Bible into Lun Bawang. We really loved them very much.They really looked after our people spiritually and now most of those who had been with them had passed away. The first time I had a glimpse at Pendita Padan was when he prayed over the grave of a former british officerin Long Semadoh. The officer had made a wish that when he die, he wished to be buried in Long Semadoh for he really loved the place.I had the opportunity to fly in the mission plane from Lawas to Long Semadoh. A tall man was piloting the plane. I was about 14 years old that time. Must be Pendita Mutang.
There were many others but when they come to Long Semadoh, the older generation would greet them affectionately and happily. The missionaries not only bring the Gospel but they help the people in other areas as well such as teaching them how to read etc.
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN TWO BOYS AND PDT MERIPA
AGONG: Saminar! Ruen mu PARK keritaneh ieneh ko?
PDT Meripa: Na ieh PARK! Bala luk petulu ieh ineh NGERERENG.
NGERERENG IENEH KERITA DI KO.
AGONG/SAMINAR: (KETAWA) Mo matu ineh.
THOSE WHO DIED IN THEIR SERVICE FOR GOD
An young American missionary, John Francis Willfinger, from the Missionary Alliance was beheaded on Christmas eve in 1942 by the Japanese after surrendering himself to them. He had stayed with Hudson and the others at Punang Trusan and when he went back to Kalimantan Indonesia, the Japanese imprison him and two months later executed him. He will be remembered by the Lun Bawang because of the music lesson he taught and the hymns he translated. Carrying a typewriter on the trail, Joh Willfinger translated many hymns into the murut dialect", with a great sense of urgency. There was quite a revival after his death.