Buce Tahalele grew up in Indonesia. Even though he grew up in a Christian home, it was not until 1972 when he was a senior in High School, through the ministry of Campus Crusade of Christ that he gave and surrendered his heart personally to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Soon after, the Lord gave him a burden for missions. Buce attended Medical School in Surabaya, was discipled there, and became involved with evangelism and discipleship ministry among University students. In 1983, the Lord led him as a missionary doctor to a small mission station called Mulia, in the interior island of Irian Jaya (West New Guinea) to join the Medical Ministry of UFM International (now called Crossworld) thorugh Immanuel Hospital. There he served the local Dani tribal people and other people groups. Janet Lohr came to Christ in 1972, in Northern Virginia. While at Wahington Bible College, the Lord called her to be a missionary. So, in 1985, Janet left the US and joined UFM in Irian Jaya at Immanuel Hospital in Mulia . Buce and Janet met there in 1986, and the Lord united them in marriage that same year. They have one son, Jonathan, who was born in 1989.
Buce and Janet continued serving in Irian Jaya (now called Papua), doing evangelism and discipleship through Medical ministry until 2007. In 2004, Janet was diagnosed with cancer, then Buce got the same cancer in 2006. In 2008 they moved back to Northern Virginia because Janet’s cancer spread to her bones. Back in Northern Virginia they continued to reach out and disciple those of Muslim backgrounds. After battling with cancer for seven years, Janet went to be with the Lord in June 2011.
Buce continues serving the Lord, making disciples in Northern VA & Metro DC area focusing on the youth. The Lord also gives him opportunities to mentor Christian graduates and university student leaders, and Pastors in Indonesia through various means of communications. He still continues to speak yearly in Indonesia at various seminars around the country.