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August 2013
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Prayer for the tensions in Indonesia

Indonesia is a vast country of 17 000 islands, only 6 000 of which are inhabited. It straddles the equator from Sumatra in the west to Irian Jaya in the east. It is mountanous with several active volcanoes. In northern Sumatra 168 000 people were killed by the tsunami in 2004. The population is around 238 million, the island of Java where 58% of the population live, being densely populated. The capital, Jakarta is an impressive and polluted city of over 12 million inhabitants. Natural resources Indonesia was previously a Dutch colony and gained independence in 1945. Today it has rapid economic growth and G20...

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November 1998
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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

History of the Indonesian Church The Dutch East India Company Church received some thousands of ‘converts’ into its fold after its arrival in Indonesia in 1605, but these had largely converted for social purposes. The Bible was, however, translated into Malay, the trade language, by 1733. Earnest Protestant missionary efforts did not commence until the nineteenth century, when numbers of tribal people joined the church from many ethnic areas, such as Sumatra (the Bataks), the Moluccas, and Central Java. In nineteen ethnic areas, the whole people turned to Christianity. Many Christian hospitals and schools were also founded.   During the twentieth century, the theologically liberal...

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November 1998
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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

Facts   Area   — 740,000 square miles. Description   — The world’s largest island chain, it stretches 3,200 miles east to west — from Iryan Jaya (west of New Guinea) to Sumatra (west of Malaysia) —and 1,200 miles north to south. Indonesia comprises 13,700 islands, of which about 6,000 are inhabited. The largest are Kalimantan, Iryan Jaya, Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. Others include Madura, Bali, Flores and the Moluccas. Geography   — The islands are mountainous; the lowlands have a tropical climate and rain forests. There is a richly diverse, half-uncharted, exotic flora and fauna, with, for example, orang-utans, tigers and 5,000 species of...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – REPUBLIC OF Indonesia
November 1998
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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – REPUBLIC OF Indonesia

Salt and light in Indonesia The influence of Christian students   Students have been instrumental in shaping Indonesia’s history, ever since the first stirrings of the independence movement against the Dutch colonial regime. During the upheavals leading to Suharto’s downfall last May, students were in the forefront of the struggle. In the eyes of the public, they alone stand free from the taint of corruption, which has spread like canker throughout the entire structure of Indonesian society. Yet are students any different? With bribes being paid on their behalf to secure preferential treatment, cheating in exams a common practice and religion a condition of academic...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia
November 1998
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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

Look at the harvest-fields! Indonesia has experienced much church growth, but there is a corresponding lack of pastors, especially those with an evangelistic and missionary burden. In statistical terms this means there are about 900 church members for every pastor. In practice (to take the example of Pastor Lewi and his wife, who worked in Kalimantan as home missionaries) this might mean overseeing six struggling congregations within an area of fifty miles radius. Travel, as in many parts of Indonesia, was time-consuming and involved hiking or using small boats. I have heard from church leaders in West Kalimantan that the problem is not only obtaining...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia
November 1998
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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

Indonesia —What kind of reformation? People are crying out for reformasi — reformation. It was the slogan of the students who brought about the downfall of President Suharto after more than thirty years in power. In their hearts, many people feel that there must be something better than what has been. They cry out against ‘corruption, collusion and nepotism’. They pin their yearnings and aspirations on one political leader or another: Habibie (the new president), Megawati (daughter of Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno), and so on.   But what is reformation? What will truly satisfy people’s hearts? Can one man achieve it? After the tragic end...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia
November 1998
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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

Theological training and conferences There are a number of theological seminaries in Indonesia, but one recently started is the Amanat Agung Theological Seminary, located in Jakarta. It was established in 1997. In its first year it had sixty students, who were eager to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. One member of staff graduated from the Evangelical Theological College of Wales three years ago after achieving a Ph.D. degree — he is now the main tutor in the seminary. The seminary aims to give the students a solid biblical foundation, to equip them to labour in the field.   Unfortunately, we do not have many well-qualified...

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