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Recently I visited a Bible school in Makassar, Indonesia. The school is located in a dilapidated building in a very remote area surrounded by huts, farmland, dirt and animals. Inside, the ceiling is incomplete exposing its steel structure. Yet in one of the rooms, enthusiastic young students are being trained to share the life-giving news of the Gospel.

Approximately 15 young people were huddled in a small room to receive training for one year; following this, they go back to their villages to share what they have learned about Jesus. The Bible school has been operating for 12 years and the teacher at the school is a former student. Physically, there was nothing special to report about this place, but spiritually, it is filled with the light of Jesus Christ. I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV), So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

The training school not only has the practical component of equipping the students for evangelism, but just as important, it enlightens the eyes of the young students to the beauty and hope that is found in Jesus Christ. When asked by one of my colleagues, “Who is Jesus to you?”, a young girl enthusiastically replied, “My Saviour!” Another young girl commented on the advantage of living at the Bible school. She stated that as she is 13 years old, she could easily be forced into an arranged marriage.

As I shared a small Scripture, through an interpreter, to encourage the students, they faithfully opened their Bibles to follow the text. The simple gesture reminded me that the Bible, not my words, is the hope of many to receive salvation through Jesus Christ. Following this, one of the students took out his guitar and everyone began to sing. Though I didn’t know the words they sang, it was obvious that the training school had brought them joy through Jesus Christ.

The work of these Bible students plays a very important role in sharing the love of Jesus amidst growing hostility.

Please consider supporting Bible schools in restricted nations by contributing to our Front Line Ministry fund.

David Barry,
Partnership Development Manager

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