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Bali, Indonesia: stroke victim walks & talks in Jesus’ name

Indonesia has more Muslims than any other country with the fourth largest population on earth “My time in Sumba (Indonesia) was again tremendous. Hundreds came to the Lord and close to thirty Merapu tribal people included. Major stories are a man with cataracts, and a stroke victim in Bali who could not speak or walk without the aid of a cane for a year. He could only motion with his hands what he wanted. This one I have on video taken by a cell phone a few moments after I had ministered to his legs…

About a year ago this man (of Hindu faith) had had a stroke. He could not walk without a cane plus the help of an aide as well as not being able to speak. He is a well-known artist and has not been able to continue to make a living. On August 2 there was a high school reunion in which the two ladies in the video attended. They befriended their school mate due to his situation and began to visit with him almost everyday since the 2nd of August. I taught a mini course at the ladies church on a Sunday evening and they brought me to his house the next day. Turns out this day was his birthday. With the aide of a lady he was led to a “birthday table” and motioned through his hands that he would like a drink of water. I was able to share the Gospel with him and I asked if I could minister to his legs. The result was immediate as he stood up and began to walk. The cell phone video starts as I began to minister to his voice box for him to speak. The results are documented in the video. He is now a follower of Jesus!!  A Merapu tribal woman delivered. I had to put my fingers on her tongue as her whole body was cramped like a stroke victim as she lay on the floor. Even her tongue was cramped too. Here are photos of a fellow from the Merapu tribe on the island of Sumba. In the second photo below he is counting my fingers as he is healed from his cataracts.

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The Merapu tribal people drive a 4-foot carved stake into the ground on the right side of every house. Usually each stake has an image of a head of sorts.”

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  – Received August 2015  from missionary Jim Hathaway who trained with The Elijah Challenge in 2008

Reports from Jim Hathaway

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The paralyzed and blind in Indonesia healed in the name of Isa Almasih


By a nameless Elijah Challenge-trained missionary

“Indonesia has more followers of the religion centered in the Middle East than any other country on earth—196 million according to one estimate. Because of the influence of this religion here (hereafter to be referred to as ‘the Religion’ and its adherents as ‘Religionists’), almost all of the training is for the underground church and ‘contextual’ workers. The Gospel continues to be shared through different ministries despite the opposition.

On the island of Sumbawa, I was invited by contextual workers to visit a Religionist village just outside of the city. The Indonesian husband and wife missionary team had been trained by me in The Elijah Challenge in 2011. They took me into a Religionist home.

Home of Religionist family

There were about 20 folks inside the home waiting to meet me. The intent was to minister to a stroke victim who was dying due to his throat closing. He could not eat any solid food and had not eaten for a month. His right arm was paralyzed and walking was very poor. He was actually in fact dying.

Stroke victim sitting at right next to contextual worker wearing shorts

I asked questions to the group about Isa Almasih. They told me that He was the healing Prophet. Also one man said that he thought that Isa could forgive sin. I told these folks that I was a follower of Isa. I told them that in order to prove to them that Isa Almasih could in fact forgive their sins we would ask Him to heal the sick who were here that day. The first challenge was the stroke victim. I laid my hands on his throat, then on his arm and next on his legs.

Ministering healing to the stroke victim in the name of Isa Almasih

His paralyzed hand “blossomed” open as I commanded in Isa’s name

After two or three attempts there was flexibility restored back to his arm, and he was able to walk. The contextual worker began to feed him some solid food. As I observed him through the afternoon his strength seemed to get stronger and stronger as he continued to eat. At the end of our time in the village, this man had eaten a whole plate of food. The first food he ate in a month.

He got stronger and stronger—able to stoop down

He took his first bite of food in a month

Later he finished off an entire plate of food


“The first challenge was the stroke victim…
next there was a ‘grandpa’ who was blind”


Next there was an older ‘grandpa’ who was blind. I placed my thumbs on his eyes and I asked everyone present to stretch their hands towards the ‘grandpa’ and command healing in the name of Isa Almasih. The first attempt brought partial healing as he could only see and count my fingers.

Blind man at left with friend, both WWII veterans who fought the Japanese

After I ministered to him the first time, he was able to count my fingers

So again and with the help of their faith that Isa could heal, I and this Religionist family commanded healing again in Isa’s name. The result was FANTASTIC as his sight was restored! All this done in the name of Isa Almasih (Jesus Christ in the Arabic language).

As I laid my hands on his eyes again at left, the Religionists also had faith that
Isa could restore his sight completely

All totaled there were eight folks miraculously healed in this home. I heard a report back from the contextual worker that over 10 folks in the house wanted to hear more about Isa Almasih. We were invited to stay for lunch and enjoyed a variety of meats and vegetables.”

-Report from August 2014

 

Dinner served to the servant of Isa Almasih


CAUTION:
 (Somewhat) graphic photos below

Dinner followed by a visit to the bathroom

“Squat pot” fully equipped with fowl


Spiritual dessert following dinner

This man had fallen from a banana tree and his ribs were very sore

Free to move with no more pain in his ribs
after ministry in Isa’s name


Interesting side note:
“I was teaching The Elijah Challenge in a church the same evening I was ministering in this home. In my excitement I showed the photos above to the believers at the first session. There were over 60 folks attending. I was very eager to have the believers see what can happen in the name of Isa. But the next evening only about half the folks returned for Session 2. Apparently they were afraid that the Religionists would come and burn down their church because of the miracles that had happened in the village! This is the reality of underground ministry.”

 

Elijah Challenge Coordinator heals Seminary President at Doctor of Ministry Dissertation Defense

  

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Elijah Challenge Coordinator earns Ph.D. from Seminary


November 2013

Davy Hermanus is The Elijah Challenge Coordinator for Indonesia—a nation with the fourth largest population in the world after the United States. Recently Davy defended his Dissertation for his Doctor of Ministry at the Sunergeo Banten Theological Seminary in Tarakan, Indonesia. This is his testimony.

“I passed my Dissertation Defense very well. After giving a presentation about my dissertation The Model of the Healing Ministry of Jesus as Applied to Preaching the Gospel Today, I was asked many questions by four Professors and also by people in the audience. I focused my answers only from Jesus’ method of healing in the Bible.

I said that Jesus used miraculous healing in order that people could believe that He was from God—because only God can do such miracles. The problem in churches today is that they have no more use for it. But they have to use the scriptural way which Jesus taught. I explained that Jesus did not send the disciples to pray for the sick, but to heal the sick (Luke 9:1,2,6; 10:9).

One Professor asked me about “praying for the sick” in James 5. I answered that in the four gospels, Jesus did not pray for the sick. So why do we pray for the sick according to our traditional interpretation of James? Actually, according to the Greek, the text in James 5:14 is not “pray for” but rather “pray over” the sick. It probably means laying hands over the infirmity of the sick person [and speaking over him or her with authority]. James is likely the brother of Jesus, so he should be teaching Jesus’ pattern of ministering healing to the sick [which we know did not involve simply traditional prayer]. 

After my presentation, the Rector of the Seminary who led the four Professors in examining me asked me to give a demonstration of healing. He told me that I had to heal someone in the room to prove and demonstrate my dissertation. Then he asked me to heal him from the pain in his heart from which he was suffering. So I took a moment to minister healing to him in the name of Jesus. And he was healed. Praise God!”

As Dr. Davy Hermanus, Davy will now have opportunities throughout Indonesia to teach Seminary students, most of them future or current pastors and leaders, how to heal the sick as Jesus did in the New Testament. He will have them actually heal the sick in his classes as a demonstration of the Scriptures. And these pastors trained by Davy will be able teach their congregations how to heal the sick as Jesus commanded His disciples when He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God. These trained leaders will obey the Great Commission in which Jesus commands the Church to “teach disciples to obey everything I have commanded you”—including healing the sick and proclaiming the kingdom of God to the lost.

 We at The Elijah Challenge are more and more convinced that the teaching is not simply another passing fad to tickle the ears of 21st century believers. The teaching rather goes back to the essence of the New Testament—Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father, and the Church is to proclaim this to the world with power to make disciples of all nations preceding the great and terrible Day of the Lord. We believe the Lord is returning His Church to the basics of New Testament Scripture during these last days. Therefore we will see the Lord restoring the teaching to more and more of His Church in the days to come, especially in the Church outside the West. Elijah Challenge Asia Coordinator Albert Kang in Malaysia is already beginning to heal the sick in the class he teaches for the prestigious Haggai Institute.

 

 

 

 

Elijah Challenge minister’s early missionary adventures in Indonesia & The Sequel

 

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Our Early Years – 1978 to 1987

After having known the Lord for two years, I took Lucille to Indonesia to serve with me as missionaries from 1978 to 1987 (with occasional furloughs back home in the USA). We went completely by faith—without any sending mission agency, without financial support from churches, and without any invitation from an Indonesian church or organization. The Lord was extremely gracious to open doors for us, and our time in Indonesia turned out to be very fruitful. Below are three photojournals which recount each of the three stages of our early days in West Borneo. Just click on the titles for a look.

Dancing on the Edge of the Earth: 1978 in Sanggau-Kapuas

Dancing on the Edge of the Earth: 1979 in Biang & Menjaya

Dancing on the Edge of the Earth: 1980-1987 in Batu Ampar

 

The Sequel – April 2013

In April 2013 we returned to Indonesia in part to visit and minister with the disciples we had made during our nine years there some thirty years earlier. Below are webpages testifying what they are doing for the kingdom of God now. This list is not exhaustive since we count about a dozen disciples who have served the Lord full-time or are now serving full-time as pastors and pastors’ wives.

Blessed to be a blessing in Indonesia: the story of one family

Brother Akong, one of our first converts to Christ in Indonesia

A Li & Yonas in Padangtikar

Yappi & Amoy in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Rusman & Yola in Bukit Kelam, West Kalimantan, Indonesia

Asiu & Afung in Pontianak

An illiterate 14-year-old boy becomes a Church leader with a Master’s Degree in Theology

 

 

Dancing on the Edge of the Earth: 1980-1987 in Batu Ampar

 
Dancing in Sanggau, 1978

Dancing in Biang & Menjaya, 1979

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In 1980, sent by Pastor Bob Mahaffy and First Christian Assembly in Plainfield, New Jersey, we returned to Indonesia for a second time following our initial year of mission work there during 1978-1979. We wanted to take on a greater challenge from the Lord. “Nothing is impossible for God.” Could He this time use us to proclaim the kingdom of God in an unreached area known for great spiritual darkness and to make disciples there?

 

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Indonesia – where there are more followers of the Prophet than any other country on earth, in addition to much idolatry and witchcraft

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We were led to an international harbor known as Batu Ampar where ships came to load sawn timber from the ten busy sawmills scattered throughout the area.

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The economy of Batu Ampar was largely dependent upon the ten area sawmills.

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The Kalimantan Sari sawmill based in the town of Batu Ampar itself

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Above & below: Downtown Batu Ampar ca. 1980-81

 

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The house we purchased from which we would live and reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Townspeople came to the meetings we held in the little anteroom of our house

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Bible study in our home with early disciples

 

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We send them inland to share the gospel…mission posts were established there

 

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The inland village of Kemuning

 

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Home meeting in Kemuning led by disciples Asiu & Akong (below)
 

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Above & below: We tear down and rebuild our house with a large room in front for meetings, ca. 1983-84

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1983: Back to America for a break

 

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The Lord raises up fruitful disciples like A Lanyi who can minister with great power and effectiveness

 

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Asiu – a most faithful and fruitful disciple

 

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Above & below: the congregation continues to grow in our renovated home, ca. 1985

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Trained disciples take the gospel to an unreached neighboring town called Padangtikar

 

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The eventual church in Padangtikar

 

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The Lord provides a small speedboat for outreaches

 

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Our faithful long boat Immanuel bringing believers to church on Sunday

 

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Disciple Ameng leading a cell group for laborers in a sawmill

 

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Our original eight cell group leaders: counterclockwise from the top left – Akong, Ameng, Bakko, Chinko, (Lucille), A Lanyi, Amoi, Ibu Lis, Asiu

 

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Our neighbors, including a small mosque, complain to local authorities about our activity so we look to move to another location

 

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A gospel meeting in the town of Kubu about an hour away led by Sister Asuan

 

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The disciples plant a church in Kubu now pastored by early Batu Ampar disciple Brother Hotlan

 
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Our little houseboy Kit Chiang grew up to become very fruitful

 

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With Sarah & Esther on our front porch facing the hill, ca. 1986

 

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We purchased a downtown movie theater hoping to convert it into our church facility, but the townspeople rose up against us in vociferous protest. It reached the ears of faraway state officials who held a town meeting to discuss the future of the growing Christian congregation in Batu Ampar. At this meeting held on Good Friday in 1985, we were put to public shame (as was Jesus in the gospels) by the state official and townspeople, and ordered to build our church on the very outskirts of town next to a cemetery. But the Lord used a high-ranking Army officer who was a believer to save us.

 

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Eventually we built this temporary facility for the congregation to meet. Lucille, our firstborn daughter Esther, and A Lanyi are standing in front.

 

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For kindergarten our first-born Esther was homeschooled by her Dad

 

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Our Sarah taking a break ca. 1986

 

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Our children ca. 1986

 

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The Lord provided five motor scooters for our workers and for transporting people from the harbor to church on Sundays

 

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Bakko & his wife who would eventually take over as pastors after our departure

 

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“The house of the wicked man fell into the sea!” (For this dramatic testimony, please read Dancing on the Edge of the Earth.)

 

 

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Our youngest Christina still in her mommy’s tummy

 

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Christina later outside her mommy’s tummy 

 

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Above & below: our last Sunday service in Batu Ampar before our forced departure back to America with us in the front row


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A tearful goodbye at the harbor as we leave Batu Ampar to go home to America for good

 

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The present-day facility of the Batu Ampar congregation

 

During our entire seven years in Batu Ampar, we were generously supported by First Christian Assembly in Plainfield, New Jersey. After Pastor Bob Mahaffy retired, the church continued to support us faithfully under Pastor Fran Huber. We are most thankful to the Lord for them.

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing on the Edge of the Earth: 1979 in Biang & Menjaya


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Dancing on the edge of the Earth

Dancing in Sanggau, 1978


In early 1979 we relocated about three hours by boat upstream from Sanggau to preach the gospel in an unreached village of about 300 families called Biang.
 

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The village of Biang lies along the banks of the Kapuas River, the longest river in West Kalimantan.

 

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We rented a “house” for three months at a cost of five US dollars. For an updated photo, click on 2017 photos.

 

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The house came with a fantastic view of the river from our front door. For an updated photo, click on 2017 photos.

 

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A view of Biang. 

 

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This lady, the wife of the local coffin maker, was healed miraculously of constant stabbing pain in her eye, and accepted the Lord Jesus along with most of her family.

 

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The young man on the left was also miraculously healed by the Lord after falling down lame while in the jungle, and decided to follow the Lord. Others were also miraculously healed by the Lord, and made the decision to believe on Jesus Christ for eternal life.

 

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Above & below: The villagers of Biang followed the Lord Jesus Christ in baptism

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Our congregation after three months in Biang. For an updated photo, click on 2017 photos.

 

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We appointed A Min Ko as the first elder of Biang.

 

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There was a nearby village upstream from Biang called Menjaya. We decided to preach the gospel there as well.

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We borrowed a boat to travel between Biang and Menjaya. 

 

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A man of peace there named Su Fong welcomed us and we began to hold meetings in his home.

 

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The believers partake of Holy Communion at an evening meeting in Su Fong’s house.

 

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Su Fong (center) was appointed elder of the Menjaya church

  

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The congregation in Menjaya after three months. For an updated photo, click on 2017 photos.


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The children in Menjaya who came to know the Lord.

 

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Some of the brethren seeing us off as we return to the United States after three months living and ministering in their midst.

To this day (2013) the two congregations continue to meet to worship the Lord and to receive His word. The little girl in the photo below (second from the left in the second row just behind the girl in the red dress) now pastors the two congregations along with her husband. Her name is A Song.


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I gave thanks to God for His wondrous grace in using us (I was barely two years in Christ when we arrived in Indonesia) in such a fruitful way during our eleven months there.

Returning home to the United States, we waited on the Lord to send us back to Indonesia to take on an even bigger challenge. He led us to First Christian Assembly in Plainfield, New Jersey, at that time led by Pastor Bob Mahaffy. They gave us an opportunity to share what we had just witnessed in Indonesia. The Lord opened their hearts to send us back to Indonesia as fully-supported missionaries. For the next chapter of our adventure of faith, please click on… 


Dancing on the Edge of the Earth: 1980-1987 in Batu Ampar

 

 

 

 

 

Dancing on the Edge of the Earth: 1978 in Sanggau-Kapuas

 

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In the summer of 1978 we flew into Jakarta, Indonesia totally by faith in obedience of the Lord’s command to make disciples of all nations.

 

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Jakarta has the largest mosque in Southeast Asia

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Indonesia consists of an archipelago stretching from Australia in the south to the Philippines & the Southeast Asian peninsula in the north.
 

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The Lord sends us to the huge jungle island of Borneo which Indonesia shares with Malaysia and Brunei.

 

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The Lord opens a door and sends us into the interior to the town of Sanggau.

 

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In Sanggau we are given the charge of pastoring an existing church. 

 

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 There we learn how to seek the Lord and to teach the Scriptures to His people. At that time I had been following Jesus Christ for only about two years.

 

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The Lord raised up a godly couple from the church, Mr. & Mrs. Liang, to stand by our side.

 

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I take opportunities to go into the jungles to minister the gospel.
 

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 Our congregation in Sanggau

 

During the five months we spent ministering here, the Lord taught us how to seek him early each morning under very challenging physical conditions. He taught us the Scriptures, which we in turn taught to the congregation each week. Through His word He taught us how to heal the sick and cast out demons, and as a result we witnessed various miraculous healings strengthening the faith of the people. The miracles also proved that our God is the only true God, and that Jesus is the only way to Him.

After the five months in Sanggau, we asked the Lord to give us a greater challenge: could He use us to plant a church in an unreached area?

We were told of two unreached villages a few hours upstream from Sanggau on the mighty Kapuas River.

Would we take the challenge? Please go to:
 

Dancing on the Edge of the Earth: Biang & Menjaya

 

 



 

 

 

Blessed to be a blessing in Indonesia: the story of one family

Batu Ampar
1980 


Ameng was a sixteen-year-old boy who peddled around Batu Ampar on his bicycle selling bananas. His friend A Kiun had brought him to our meeting held in the little front room of our house where we shared the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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1980: the first believers in Batu Ampar healing the gospel in our little front room

Ameng put his faith in Christ for eternal life. After that we sent our co-workers Asiu and Akong to the outlying village where he and his parents and younger siblings lived to share the gospel with them as well. The entire family accepted Jesus Christ. Below are two photos of Asiu and Akong leading a meeting in their home. The exterior walls of the home consisted of thatch or dried leaves.
 

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Ca. 1981: Ameng’s little brothers Ahwat and Ateng are sitting in the center foreground. To the right of Ateng behind his turned head you can see their older sister A Lan. 

 

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Eventually Ameng, standing tall second from the rear left in the photo, became one of our original eight cell group leaders.


Today (2013) all three brothers Ameng, Ahwat, and Ateng are successful businessmen in West Kalimantan who have contributed heavily to the work of the gospel including providing land for and financing the construction of a large church in the city of Pontianak. Ahwat especially has been given much grace and favor from the Lord.


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Ahwat on the left with wife & four children on the right
 

The sister of the three brothers A Lan (pictured in the 1981 photo above) and her husband Selfi have now (2013) for several years pastored a church in the interior town of Putussibau.

 

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2013: the congregation led by A Lan & Selfi


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The single runway at the Putussibau Airport deep in the interior of West Kalimantan

 


Brother Akong, one of our first converts to Christ in Indonesia

 
Akong first heard the gospel of Jesus Christ when we arrived in the unreached village of Biang in Borneo’s interior in early 1979. Biang was a neglected village of about 300 families with no access to electricity, telephone communication, or roads to the outside world. Even in a remote village like Biang, however, Akong faced challenges. He was physically stunted with less than five feet of height, spoke with a high-pitched voice and even displayed some feminine characteristics. It would appear that he had little hope in this life. 
 
But Akong was drawn to our home to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ in our gatherings. The Holy Spirit worked in his heart, and he was among the first in the village to accept Christ as His Lord and Savior. He faithfully came to hear the word of the Lord, and grew in faith and in the knowledge of the Lord. 
 
When later in the early 1980’s we moved on to a larger and more challenging area called Batu Ampar, Akong followed us. There he was discipled, and began to serve the Lord with us. The Lord used him to heal the sick and bring souls to saving faith in Christ. He become one of our first eight cell group leaders. Even though his appearance and bearing were most unimpressive, he was honored in the Church for his faith and fruitful service.
 
Below are two photos which include Akong—the first taken in 1986-1987 of our very first cell groups leaders, and the second in 2013.
 
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1986-1987: Akong is the first on the left in the back row
 
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2013: Akong on the left
 

As of 2013 Akong had moved to the town of Sekadau in the interior of West Kalimantan to stay with his brother-in-law and his niece A Te and her husband A Pin, all of whom had moved from the Biang area. Other believers 
from the Biang-Menjaya area, some of them family relatives, had joined them as well in Sekadau.

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A Te and A Pin on the right

A Te’s older sister A Song and her husband now pastor the congregation in the Biang-Menjaya area. A Song is the daughter of A Kong’s older sister, also one of the early believers.
 
 
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Above: some of the believers who had moved from the Biang-Menjaya area to Sekadau

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1979: the original converts to Christ in the village of Menjaya, just upstream from Biang. A Pin, then sixteen years old, is fifth from the right in the back row. 

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1979: A Kong standing second from the left in the back row along with the other original believers in the village of Biang just downstream from Menjaya. A Song, who now pastors the two congregations with her husband, is kneeling in the second row second from the left directly behind the little girl in the red dress.
 

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1979: A Kong’s older brother A Min Ko, the first elder we appointed in Biang
 

Back to the present
 
As of 2013 A Kong was helping a servant of God named Brother Felni to plant a new church in Sekadau. They invited us to teach The Elijah Challenge for them. During the Training, people with infirmities were healed as the disciples ministered to them according to the Scriptures. 

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A Li & Yonas in Padangtikar


West Kalimantan, Indonesia

April 2013 


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Batu Ampar, 1980: A Li is the little girl on the left doing her assignment on the front bench. She was learning to read and write in a class Lucille taught in our home for the village children, some of whom were illiterate or nearly so.

A Li and her husband Yonas today pastor the Padangtikar congregation which had been planted by Batu Ampar disciples around 1985.


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The town of Padangtikar


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Around 1987: the original congregation in Padangtikar