Gary & Susan profiles

Gary Galbraith preaching


Gary was born and raised in Southern California where he developed a love for the ocean. That love has led him to surf the epic waves of Indonesia with over 50 trips under his belt. But his his love for surfing pales in comparison for his love for God. This combination of surfing and serving has been a match made in heaven for Gary. He is an ordanied pastor with over thirty years of ministry experience, and has been used by God to inspire and equip thousands from all over the world, to follow Christ. With a unique gift of exhortation, this dynamic communicator  has the ability to capture the attention of an audience and challenge them to move deeper into God’s fullness for their lives. He is a graduate of Hope International University.

FAVORITE HOBBIES: Surfing, reading, yoga, movies, treking

FAVORITE FOODS: Sushi, enchiladas, pizza

FAVORITE MOVIE: Pirates of the Caribean curse of the black pearl

FAVORITE BAND: The Cure, Hillsong,


Susan was born in Jakarta Indonesia where she was raised until the age of 5. The family then moved to the city of Manado in North Sulawesi. There Susan graduated high school and obtained her nursing certificate. While dating Gary, she moved to Nias Island where she pioneered the ministry that we now enjoy. Susan is our head translator and prayer warrior! Gary and Susan have a blendid family with 3 children and two grandchildren.

FAVORITE HOBBIES: Traveling, singing, movies, music, beach



FAVORITE BAND: Guns N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hillsong


Gary and Susan

Gary & Susan Galbraith own and operate Grace Wave. Gary is an avid surfer with over 50 trips to Indo. Susan is an Indonesian raised in Manado. They make a powerful team who understand both Western & Eastern culture.

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Grace Wave

Grace Wave is all about paradise with a purpose. This non-profit organization was established in 2012 with the goal of ministering to the people of Indonesia.

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Nias Island

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Our mission

Grace Wave is the non-profit ministry of Gary and Susan Galbraith. It was founded in 2011 with the vision of creating paradise with a purpose in Nias Indonesia. We specialize in hosting people at our beach resort and offering them the adventure of a lifetime while ministering to the local community. Everyone loves a “win win” situation, where both parties  mutually benefit from one another. That is what our program “Paradise with a Purpose” is all about. Much of the population is living in substandard conditions, challenged with the basic necessities of life. This means we have an open door to show love and make a lasting difference. To that end, we match your time, talent, and treasures with the needs of the local people. We have worked with doctors, dentists, chiropractors, optometrists, contractors, beauticians, teachers, police officers, housewives, students, church groups, and more. All these have experienced the rewards of loving without agenda.  Come touch someone else’s life, and discover that it is your life that will be touched.

Our name

The name Grace Wave is derived from John 1:16 (CEB) “From his (Christ) fullness we have all received grace upon grace

Grace is the unearned, unmerited, undeserved, unqualified love God has for us. It is what makes the gospel good news. It is what make Christianity different than any other religion. It is the heart of God for all humanity. Once you realize that God loves you, not because you are so good, but because He is so good, then you will begin to operate from a totally different place. You will stop working for God’s love and acceptance and start working from God’s love and acceptance. That paradigm shift changes everything. Living out a response to God’s love is the highest level of motivation. The highest level of living. For the greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30 NIV). 

Wave come from the last part of John 1:16 that says we have received grace upon grace. That means God’s love never stops coming toward us. Just like the waves of the ocean that never stop coming onshore. God is consistent. He is the only thing in all of life that does not change. His love for you is the one constant you can count on!

Now is the time to ride the grace wave and see where it will take you!

  Founder:  Gary Galbraith

  Duties: Oversee all aspecs of the ministry and business.   of Grace Wave.

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CEO:  Susan Hosang Galbraith

Duties: Coordinator, treasurer, social media, video production, translator, and a million other things!

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  Manager: Iwan “Jacob” Dakhi

  Duties: Booking speaking engagements,           overseeing orphanage ministry, selecting and facilitating Power of One projects, logistics, and purchasing.

  Experience: Jacob was born in the nearby village of Lagundri. He has experience in  physical therapy with handicapped children, dental cleaning, event coordination, hotel security, and surfing lessons.

Personality: Jacob is a fun loving person with lots of kindness in his heart. He loves lifting up other in any way he can. A true friend who will always have your back!

Likes: Jacob’s favorite food is fish curry. He enjoys the music of Jason Mraz. His favorite movie is Fast and Furious. His favorte scripture is Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”

Family: Jacob and his wife Mimi have two children, son King David and daughter Nuwella.

Operations: Mimi Bali

Duties: Guide, teaching english, purchasing, cooking, logistics, cleaning.

Experience: Mimi has served as a tour guide, physical therapy for handicap children, English teacher.

Personality: Aside from having the coolest name ever, Mimi Bali was born in the nearby village of Orahili Fau. She has a awesome sense of humor, loves to help people, is open and honest, and always stright to the point.

Likes: Her favorite food is grilled chicken & fish. She likes listening to the music of James Blunt, Adele, Hillsong, and Indo pop. Her favorite movie is “God is not dead”. Her favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.”

Family: Mimi and her husband Jacob have two children, son King David.