Pray for the Indonesian government’s new cabinet that has just been established to support the President and the Vice President in their new term governing and leading the nation. Pray that they may serve with integrity and discipline, upholding justice and order for peace and the good of the people.
Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed.
— Isaiah 56:1
From November 19-23, the newly formed OMF Indonesia Field Council will meet for the second time while a new field leader is in the process to be appointed. Pray for fruitful meetings and unity as the council reviews, plans and carries out the work.
Pray for three workers working on rice farms in Southeast Asia. They are in frequent contact with people who are poor, undernourished, and unemployed. Some of these in need are joining the farm work, while others are being taught how to start a small business. Some of the mothers are being taught about hygiene and nourishment. Pray for these relationships to flourish and have an eternal impact.
Due to family reasons, a worker in Southeast Asia is no longer able to serve among diaspora returnees in the country where they were based. Pray for God to raise up more diaspora returnee workers as there are many returnees struggling in their new faith upon returning to their homes.
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.
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.