Words of Hope is building the church in Indonesia by organizing listener communities throughout the country. These communities have become essential to church growth and faith formation within the country. Nearly 300 listener communities have already begun, in which people gather to listen to and discuss the radio programs together.
Indonesia is a hard place to do ministry. Made up of 17,500 islands (6,000 of which are inhabited) the country of Indonesia is incredibly diverse in language, culture, and religion. The population is 80% Muslim and 16% Christian, but the religious climate here varies greatly from one island to the next, with some strong pockets of Christianity and others of Hinduism and Animism. Though recognized as one of the official religions of the country, Christianity is often overshadowed by Islam’s greater numbers and positions in power. Islam is given preferential treatment, and Christian activities are often limited. Christians may be subjected to threats and violence because of their faith. And yet, even in this hard place, the gospel of Jesus Christ is gaining a foothold through radio because of the generosity of Words of Hope supporters. Broadcasts in eleven different tribal languages can now be heard in this island country, bringing a geographically separated church together under one shared gospel of grace.
- Over the past year Words of Hope Indonesia has been blessed with growth in printed publishing, electronic publishing, and listener communities. Praise God for His blessing on the Indonesian team’s work.
- Pray for the leadership of this ministry.
- Pray for those who have responded to the gospel message to grow in their faith.
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