Greetings from Indonesia,
Our team had been blessed with so many things while we are here. The trip
started with the graduation ceremony at UKRIM (Universitas Kristen Imanuel)
where Rick was the guest speaker and Chuck opened the ceremony with prayers.
This week is the orientation week of the new students at ETSI. We attended
their opening ceremony, chapel services in the morning and seminars in
At every single event Pastor Rick preached or presented seminars to the
students. Our team members also took turns in sharing our testimonies.
There are 113 new students from all over Indonesia. It's so amazing to
think that all of these new students will one day plant churches all over
Indonesia (church planting is a requirement to graduate from ETSI). One
thing that really stood out during the services and seminars is the worship.
They really can sing! We always got reenergized every time we went to
The team also presented our seminars and fellowship at the University
(UKRIM). We enjoyed the fellowship with the professors from each departments.
Despite our anxiouness during the seminar preparation, God really blessed
us in delivering the seminars. Last Sunday we visited a small beautiful
church in a village called Blabak, Magelang. The village was surrounded
by beautiful plantations and rice fields. We were accompanied by Pastor
Noor who planted this church while he was a student at ETSI. There were
about 50 people who came to this tiny church that day, and yet when they
started singing it sounded like there were 100 people in the room. Rick
preached and all team members shared our testimonies. It was a very beautiful
service, and everybody was so warm and welcoming. We felt such great joy
to be able to worship with them and to see their faith and dedication
to the Lord. Most of their members have to walk through clifts and muddy
creek to get to the church.
Tomorrow is our last day in Jogja and we will leave for Jakarta on Thursday.
1. Praise God for the beautiful little village church, the new students
at ETSI and for having such a great team.
2. Dr. Chris Marantika (the founder of ETSI) was attending the Parliament
meeting in Jakarta yesterday to lobby against the proposal to put the
Syariat Islam (moslem law) as part of the the constitution. If this proposal
is approved, Indonesia will officially become a moslem country. So far
the proposal is only supported by a minority portion of the parliament.
Please pray for Indonesia and so that this proposal will be rejected.
3. Pray for Rick for strength as he needs to preach at the chapel service
in the morning and present a seminar tomorrow night.
4. Pray for our future trip in Jakarta, so that we will be able to get
to know ETSI Jakarta and build a strong partnership in the future.
5. Pray for health and good rest for the team.