On the island of Sulawesi, in Indonesia, 16-year-old Yolanda was rebelling against her father. Her relationship with her family had broken down and at an early age, she began drinking alcohol and getting herself into all kinds of trouble. Eventually she ran away from home.
It was 2015 and Yolanda was aimlessly walking the streets when a man approached her and started to speak to her about God. “I’m not a Christian. I am a Muslim” was Yolanda’s response. But the man was persistent and told her it didn’t matter, he just wanted to tell her about Jesus.
The more he talked, the more Yolanda’s heart softened and she began telling the man her story. Yolanda told of how she was constantly beaten and this was the reason she had left home. “I don’t want to go back, they hurt my heart” she said.
Yolanda was invited to stay with the evangelist and his family and for four days they ministered to her. The more she heard about Jesus the more she realised she needed to have this new life. With the help of the evangelist, Yolanda joined the local church and was soon baptised. It wasn’t long before Yolanda was serving the Lord as the church’s youth coordinator but she wanted to evangelise and teach others about Jesus.
Returning home, Yolanda told her parents she had become a Christian. They were immediately hostile toward her and family members rejected her but Yolanda has no hatred towards them. She knows God’s love and this has given her peace.
Yolanda is now at a Bible school in response to God’s calling. Once she has graduated, Yolanda will go back to her home town. As they are one of many unreached people groups in Indonesia, Yolanda plans to share the Gospel and be a teacher.
VOM sponsors the students as well as provide support for the needs of the Bible school. Please pray that God will fulfil the plans He has for Yolanda’s life.