ICC Helps Indonesian Evangelist Who Lost Livelihood over a Facebook Post
08/04/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – As a full-time evangelist in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, Adam is passionate about sharing the Gospel, especially toward his own kin— the ethnic Dayak people, who mostly follow animist beliefs.
Never did he imagine that a Facebook post he shared would cost him his fortune and invite persecution upon him.
In his social media post, he intended to remind the Dayak Christians to put God first in their lives instead of practicing cultural rituals that are affiliated with animism. He was crying for the Christians to repent. To his surprise, his post went viral in the matter of days. Instead of seeing repentance, many cultural Dayak organizations went after him. They reported him to the police for blasphemy and demanded an apology.
Although he did apologize to the Dayak community leaders at the police station, the conclusion was that he had to pay a fine to the Dayak organization for his wrongdoing. If he failed to do so, he would be kicked out from the Dayak tribe and no longer recognized as a Dayak person, which means he will not be able to continue his ministry in Kalimantan.
Adam took out all his savings, money he was planning to use to maintain a rickshaw shop to pay for the fine. But he was left with little to support him and his family.
That was when International Christian Concern (ICC) stepped in to provide capital for him to open a small grocery shop, so that he can continue his ministry without worrying how he can put food on the table.
Adam told ICC, “When this trouble occurred, I had to give up our family savings to be given to the indigenous groups. I knew I have to start from zero, but I am thankful because I believe God is my provider. And it has really been proven! Through ICC’s help, I can survive with the new stall. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Thank you, ICC!”
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