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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia
November 1998
Indonesia

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
Indonesia

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
Indonesia

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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