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Lt. Matthew Beatty deployed to Indonesia

Added on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

One of The Salvation Army Northern Division’s most experienced international disaster workers is once again called to serve abroad.

Lt. Matthew Beatty shares a light moment with Filipino childrenLt. Matthew Beatty of The Salvation Army in Grand Forks, N.D., departed for Palu, Indonesia, where he will spend two months assisting survivors of several earthquakes and tsunamis that rocked the country in 2018.

Beatty joined Salvation Army response teams that have spent the past four months assisting thousands by providing cleaning supplies, hygiene kits, mental health care, trauma counseling, and other critical services (read disaster response update).

Beatty left Grand Forks on Feb. 10 with nothing more than a suitcase packed with clothes and toiletries.

He is excited to work.

“I feel extremely humbled to serve,” Beatty said. “It is just amazing to be able to serve others through this ministry.”

Beatty’s previous experience with The Salvation Army’s international disaster teams includes serving survivors of two cataclysmic storms: Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines (2013) and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (2017).

“Being there for all of those people who’d lost everything, and to be that ray of hope for them, was something I’ll never forget,” Beatty said.

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