Lift up OMF Indonesia member Ani, who has just recovered from a cancer operation and radiation. Next week, she will attend a ministry consultation in Singapore, followed by another consultation in Malaysia. Pray for strength and energy to attend these events.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the LORD.’
— Jonah 2:9
Joanne returned to Indonesia from overseas with a new faith in the Lord, but it has not been easy for her since her husband, children, parents and friends are of a different faith. Pray for Christy, who is helping her adjust and fit in to the world she has returned to with a different faith. There are several others like Joanne to whom Christy is ministering.
Pray for an Indonesia Christian woman who recently offered shelter from the rain to another woman who is poor, deaf, has seven children and is now the sole income earner for the family since her husband was injured in a fall. She plants rice and gathers edible wild leaves for a living. Pray for the Christian woman to continue to show and share the love of God with her.
Radicalism is becoming a global movement. Though radicalism is regarded as a threat to unity and peace by most in Indonesia, it is reported that radicalism has infiltrated some children’s schools. Pray for wisdom for the Indonesian government in dealing with this issue and pray for the Indonesian Church to be the light of the world in bringing the truth.
Praise the Lord for the opportunity to meet with the family of a man in prison in Southeast Asia. Another person in the prison is interested in the gospel and is reading the Bible. Pray for all of these to come to faith in Christ.
Bhinneka Tunggal Ika means diversity in unity in Bahasa Indonesia – an apt description for the Indonesian archipelago, which is made up of 416 ethnic groups with 719 languages. Although Islam is the main religion and Indonesia is home to the largest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia is a secular nation. Religious freedom is guaranteed under the five principles known as Pancasila. Indonesia recognizes six religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism and Protestantism. The majority of Christians in Indonesia are Protestant. Christian communities are spread out unevenly, but most are in the eastern parts of Indonesia.
Strong investments and exports have enabled Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, to enjoy 5-6 % economic growth in the last few years. Indonesia is an attractive market for foreign investments, mainly due to policy reforms of the government. However, liberalization of trade and markets not only brings in foreign funds, but also more foreign workers and professionals that compete for jobs. Despite economic growth, more than 10% of Indonesians still live below the poverty line, and about 40% remain vulnerable of falling into poverty.
Under Jokowi, Indonesia is undergoing rapid development. Massive construction of infrastructure is everywhere. The government is fulfilling its commitment to rural developments and the development of maritime economies. Despite the strong economic growth, Indonesia is struggling to support these rapid developments.
OMF in Indonesia
OMF began its ministry in 1952 in West Borneo amongst the Chinese. In partnership with other organizations, OMF helped establish various ministries such as student, medical, literature, music and radio work, and also bible colleges in many parts of Indonesia. In 1985, the Indonesian Home Council was established. The Home Council partners with churches in sending out Indonesian workers overseas.
While the church continues to grow and cross-cultural outreach is expanding, the Indonesian Home Council has not had many new members in the last few years. Many workers are urgently needed to reach out, train and establish partnerships with churches.
- Total: 261 million
- Javanese: 40%
- Sundanese: 15%
- Malay: 4%
- Batak: 4%
- Others: 37%
- (projections based on 2010 Badan Pusat Statistik)
- Muslim: 87%
- Christian: 10%
- Hindu: 2%
- Others: 1%
Lord, thank you for building your church in Indonesia. Amidst the rapid changes taking place in this country, we pray for wisdom and understanding on how to utilize the limited resources to reach out to the churches which are so spread out geographically. Please provide more workers, specifically volunteers, to support the various mobilization ministries.