Motorbikes from ICC Enable Indonesian Evangelists to Seek the Lost
By ICC’s Indonesia Correspondent
10/30/2020 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In July, ICC connected with three rural Indonesian evangelists, after learning that their work had been impeded by their lack of transportation.
In order to help them reach out to more “persons of peace (people receptive to the Gospel),” ICC provided these field workers with motorbikes to support them in their outreach efforts.
Two field workers, Sarah* and Budi*, reported back to us in October how the donated motorbikes have helped them bring the Gospel to the lost in their respective ministry areas.
The area I serve is about 85 kilometers from the city where we live. The journey to this area is quite far and difficult because the road conditions are not good enough. To enter the village, one can only access by motorbike since the road is still a footpath and sometimes gets muddy in the rainy season. The majority of the population in this area are from one of the ethnic groups who are mostly Muslims, with some animists. There are several families of believers in this area, but most of them have moved to Makassar.
In this area, several people have been baptized and groups have been formed to study the Scripture. There are also some elderly people who want to know about Jesus Christ and stories from the holy book. Every week, some people from our team have to come to this area to facilitate Bible study group and to make disciples from new believers. We really hope that through these new believers, there will be a movement that God is planting in this area. Thank you, ICC, for donating a vehicle to facilitate our ministry.
One of the areas we serve is a beach in the Makassar area. The majority of the population in this area is one of the three major ethnic groups in southern Sulawesi. This coastal area has just been opened by us, as previously there was no person of peace in this place. It is quite far from the city where we reside. Praise God that we were able to meet one of the people who is considered receptive and influential enough in this area. His name is Andi*.
The first encounter with Andi was when we went around looking for any person of peace. We started traveling from Makassar to this area in the hope that God could bring us to meet people receptive to the Gospel. After travelling quite a distance, finally God brought us to Andi, who was repairing the boat he usually uses to fish.
My friend and I approached him and started a conversation. We did not think that he was very open and willing to hear spiritual things that we had to say. However, Andi led us to his house and introduced us to his wife and children. He was actually very open to spiritual matters and also wanted to study stories from the Bible. Most of the residents in this area are related to Andi, so with his interest more doors could be opened in the future.
We are very grateful that God brought us to Andi and that Bible study groups will soon be set up in new areas.
*Name changed for security reasons.