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The Many Faces of Indonesia

The Many Faces of Indonesia

What is the first thing that comes to the mind of a Westerner about Indonesia? The answer is Bali, the fabulous and scenic holiday destination. About the size of Europe, Indonesia is also the most populous Muslim country in the world. A tourist will not see the oppression the minority Christian population experiences, or the destruction of churches or even the very serious persecution occurring in some places.

Last year, Voice of the Martyrs trained 200 young frontline workers to share the Gospel with unreached Muslim tribes. Muslims have found Christ and new churches have been established as a result. In 2020, the goal is to help the training school become self-supporting. This will be accomplished by purchasing a fishing boat and using the proceeds to support the evangelists.

Source: VOM Finland

  • Thank the Lord for the biblical training school which is equipping many to serve as evangelists and church planters. Pray for the plans for the school to become self-supporting.
  • Pray the Lord will protect these workers as they minister courageously in unreached areas. Ask God to continue to provide opportunities to advance His kingdom.
  • Praise God for the growth of the church and pray new believers will be strengthened in their faith.

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Project; Indonesia Supporting Pastor Matius’s ministry

Project; Indonesia Supporting Pastor Matius’s ministry

Matius’s main ministry in Indonesia is to share the message of Jesus with as many people as possible and disciple them in the faith while also maintaining his cover as a Muslim man.

He shares Jesus using the Koran throughout Islam-dominated Indonesia and disciples other believers to do the same. Presenting Jesus using the Koran is a very effective method of introducing Muslims to Christ.

Matius oversees cell groups in 34 locations, with most groups located in West and Central Java. Many Muslims convert to Christianity through Matius’s ministry. Throughout May and June alone, 26 people accepted Christ. Over the years he and his team have been in ministry, thousands of people have become believers.

Matius and his team face growing pressure from the many radical Muslims in the country.

The team memorise Bible verses. They never bring a hard copy so they can’t be caught if anyone tries to report them. Matius also teaches in an Islamic university, where he shares Jesus with his Muslim students in small groups.

Voice of the Martyrs, with the help of our supporters, funds Matius’s ministry, allowing him to purchase the tools he needs and support his family.

If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate

Voice of the Martyrs Australia is an endorsed deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian government. This means you can claim tax deductions for all donations over $2 to Voice of the Martyrs Australia on your tax return.

INDONESIA: Community Forces Church to Close Building

INDONESIA: Community Forces Church to Close Building

Officials closed a church in Central Indonesia after neighbours protested its existence.

Pastor Tigor Yunus Sitorus built a home in the Bantul neighbourhood in 2003 intending for it to double as a house church. When community members learned he was using the house for non-Muslim religious activity, they protested. “We are the Muslim majority; we are obliged to keep the faith of our children and grandchildren, whose faith can be tainted in the long run if influenced by the existence of the church,” they said.

Authorities granted Pastor Tigor a church building permit on 15 January. However, after continued conflict, an official revoked the permit on 26 July and forced the congregation to worship elsewhere.

Indonesia has religious freedom, but communities and Muslim extremist groups often influence local officials to act in favour of the Muslim majority.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray that the church will continue to gather, despite the loss of their building.
  • Pray for Pastor Tigor, ask the Lord to grant him wisdom as he deals with authorities and makes future plans for the church.
  • Pray for those who opposed the church, may they too have the opportunity to hear the Gospel.

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Bible School Shines a Light in a Dark Place

Bible School Shines a Light in a Dark Place

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

If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate

Voice of the Martyrs Australia is an endorsed deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian government. This means you can claim tax deductions for all donations over $2 to Voice of the Martyrs Australia on your tax return.

 

 

Indonesia: Support for Pastor Elyas’ Ministry

Indonesia: Support for Pastor Elyas’ Ministry

In 2019, Voice of the Martyrs, along with our supporters, is supporting the ministry of Pastor Elyas in Indonesia.

Pastor Elyas works among Muslims in West Java, overseeing a team which evangelises in 12 main areas.

Some areas are quite hostile to the Gospel, making evangelism difficult. Members of the team often face opposition when ministering to Muslims, and frequently new converts face persecution from family members when their conversion from Islam to Christianity is discovered. The number of believers, however, continues to grow.

Pastor Elyas overseas several cell groups. Individual cell group meetings are held every week and some of the groups combine to study the Bible and pray for each other on a fortnightly basis. In one area alone, there are 400 believers regularly attending weekly meetings.

If you would like to financially support the work of Voice of the Martyrs, please go to: vom.com.au/donate

Voice of the Martyrs Australia is an endorsed deductible gift recipient (DGR) by the Australian government. This means you can claim tax deductions for all donations over $2 to Voice of the Martyrs Australia on your tax return.