Mission: Indonesia 2010
Road work ahead (Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010)
Climbing For Christ often takes the road less traveled. But sometimes there isn’t even a road to take. Such was the case in a small mountain village in the middle of Indonesia, where we first went in 2007 and have revisited several times.
Pastor Johan ministers there. It is his church. At least it has been since Muslims forced his church building in another location to close.
Now, instead of a flock of about 200 believers (a mega-church in a country that has the largest Muslim population in the world), he reaches out to the odd shepherd and farmer. He has found different tools of ministry. He has set out to bring to the people what they need physically so that doors might open to address spiritual needs.
One of those relational-building tools is the road Pastor Johan is constructing. At the moment it looks more like a sidewalk. “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:14).
Pastor Johan was able to get enough funding from the government to pave a one-meter-wide “road” that stretches 500 meters to the village’s “Brotherhood Center.” Pastor Johan also built that community center with some help from C4C Indonesia. Today, it is bridging the chasm between Islam and Christianity.
Climbing For Christ has pledged to come alongside Pastor Johan to add a second lane to the village’s road so that something larger than a motorbike can bring supplies to the people living there.
“The Brotherhood house has changed everything,” Pastor Johan told us when our team visited in May. “They were far away, not close.” Now the majority of the villagers are coming to visit and are willing to openly discuss faith issues.
This is a miracle of God. And an incredible opportunity for us to assist in furthering His kingdom.
Pastor Johan needs US$1,240.
C4C Indonesia has US$110 to put toward the project. The international body of Climbing For Christ would like to invest the rest. It is our desire to pave a way for these people to meet Jesus.
Furthermore, Pastor Johan has a water project ready to go that requires only US$250. He needs that money for pipes and accessories as he already has acquired the pump.
A building. A road. A water source. A start, perhaps, to a salvation story for many lost in darkness deep in the heart of Islamic territory.
The anatomy of a road