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Mission: Indonesia 2007

Dates: June 11-27, 2007.

Team: An Indonesian-American mission (participants listed at right) serving in Jakarta and West Java. Also, ministry leaders from seven countries joining at the Asia-Pacific Adventure Ministry Conference.

Purpose: Teaching and partnering with the JEJAK ministry (many of whose members are part of Climbing For Christ; see story below) in Jakarta, Indonesia to help a small Christian group with outreach in a Muslim community; trekking to and climbing in West Java; and teaching at “The Church, Outdoors” conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on June 23 and 24. CLICK HERE to learn more about the conference — the first Asia-Pacific Adventure Ministry Conference. The overall purpose of this mission is to survey how God wants to use us in this part of the world, to make contacts with many like-minded servants, and to encourage and begin growing Christian ministry using climbing, adventure and God's creation as an outreach opportunity.

NOTE: Plans have been postponed to climb 16,067-foot Carstensz Pyramid (one of the Seven Summits) as part of an international expedition, encountering and witnessing to other climbers and indigenous people in the jungles of Papua, Indonesia. Irian Jaya (what Papua was called) is part of Climbing For Christ's original Mission Vision, which states: “The western half of New Guinea (Irian Jaya) has less-reached peoples in the northern foothills of the Eastern Highlands and southern foothills of the main range of mountains bisecting the island, including the Stone Age Dani people around Carstensz Pyramid.” Permits are limited to groups going with outfitters (who charge anywhere from $10,000 to $16,000 per person) or missionaries working with native people on Carstensz. But thanks to the Freeport mine there are no longer any native Papuans on Carstensz.

Prerequisites: Ability to share the Gospel and your testimony of life in Christ. You must have a servant's heart, and extensive hiking experience in remote areas and rugged conditions.

Estimated cost: $2,500 to $3,100.

Questions? Contact Gary Fallesen, Mission: Indonesia 2007 Expedition Leader, at gfallesen@ClimbingForChrist.org or (585) 957-5489. Watch this page and and E-Newsletters for updates.


In the News

Flooding in Jakarta;
Christians show God's love

Days of rain bloated rivers until banks burst and floodwaters poured into Jakarta on Friday, Feb. 2. By Sunday, Feb. 4, almost 340,000 residents in a city of 12 million had evacuated their homes and the first media reports of this disaster to reach the United States said water as deep as 12 or 13 feet in some areas of the city had claimed lives as well as possessions.

“Yes, conditions in Jakarta is very bad from 2 February until now,” Climbing For Christ member Max Christopher Tilukay reported on Wednesday, Feb. 7. “Flooding everywhere, including in my parents house — water getting up almost to knee.”

Max said other members of JEJAK were enduring flood conditions. (Many JEJAK members also are members of Climbing For Christ. JEJAK is an Indonesian acronym for “footsteps,” as in “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” — 1 Peter 2:21).

“Some areas the flood up to 1 to 5 meters (more than 3 to more than 16 feet), there is no electricity, and bus and car transportation is temporarily not running,” Max said in an e-mail. “But conditions getting better now.”

Flood waters began receding on Wednesday. But officials warned that more rain could trigger additional flooding.

“Some members (were) using their river-rescue skills to save other people,“ Max Christopher Tilukay said about JEJAK and Climbing For Christ members.

“We hope we can be a candle of God's love through the flooding.”

More heavy rains struck Indonesia's capital on Thursday, hampering clean-up efforts and piling on misery for hundreds of thousands of people camping under makeshift shelters. But an official at the Jakarta Flood Crisis center said the latest flooding was less widespread than in the past week.

The official added that water levels at sluice gates controlling flows into the largely flat, low-lying city had returned to normal in all cases but one.

The death toll from the floods, Jakarta's worst for at least five years, remained at about 50, the official said, with around 230,000 people still displaced.

The Word

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
—John 17:3

Helping Hands

To support Mission: Indonesia – or any other Evangelic Expedition – send your financial gift (marked “Evangelic Expeditions” or the specific mission) to:

Climbing For Christ, Inc.,
P.O. Box 16290
Rochester, N.Y. 14616-0290

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