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Indonesia is the fourth most populous nation in the world, with both the world's largest Muslim population and largest number of Protestant Christians in Asia. The current economic crisis is affecting every Indonesian, causing further delays in access to clean water and health care, etc. Unemployment and food prices are rising, and this will mean that fewer children will go to school, violence caused by economic and political uncertainty will increase, and churches will continue to suffer for lack of resources.

Christian dialogue with Muslims, Hindus and indigenous faiths is an important part of the church's ministry in all parts of Indonesia. Since 1998, misunderstanding, careless derisive comments, and criticism from one religious group against another have sparked riots, church and mosque burnings, and mass killings. Religious leaders have tried to encourage all sides to end the violence, and to enter into discussions through meetings, seminars, and workshops that will foster understanding among peoples of faith.

Pray for: Those affected by conflict, who have lost homes, family members, livelihood, and being part of a community. Pray that they hold on to hope, and that they will feel God's presence in each other, and in those who give them comfort. May God open our eyes to the suffering of people whom we see only in pictures, but to whom we are connected through our common humanity, created in God's image.

Church leaders in Indonesia, that they will keep building bridges among Christians in that region, and between Christians and their neighbors of other faiths. We pray for the spirit of unity and grace to work among the leaders of Indonesia as they build a truly democratic system of government which will bring peace and justice throughout the nation. 

Population (2014 est) – 253,609,643

Area – 1,184,000mi

Capital – Jakarta

Ethnic Background

Javanese - 40.1%

Sundanese - 15.5%

Malay - 3.7%

Batak - 3.6%

Madurese - 3%

Betawi - 2.9%

Minangkabau - 2.7%

Buginese - 2.7%

Bantenese - 2%

Banjarese - 1.7%

Balinese - 1.7%

Acehnese - 1.4%

 Dayak - 1.4%

Sasak - 1.3%

Chinese - 1.2%

Other - 15%


Exports - oil and gas, electrical appliances, plywood, textiles, rubber

Imports - machinery and equipment, chemicals, fuels, foodstuffs

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 70 years     F 75 years

Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 25.16 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 7.2%

People in Mission

Campbell-Nelson, Karen
Karen Campbell-Nelson, a member of Upland Presbyterian Church, Upland, California, serves the Evangelical Christian Church of West Timor. Karen teaches Practical Theology, Trauma Counseling and Women’s Rights at the Faculty of Theology of Artha Wacana University, and works with Justice, Peace, and Reconciliation initiatives of the associated bodies in the region.
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Campbell-Nelson, John
John Campbell-Nelson, a member of Upland Presbyterian Church, Upland, California, serves the Evangelical Christian Church of West Timor. He has taught at the Theological Faculty of Artha Wacana University and its Center for Regional Studies and served as a consultant to the Evangelical Church in East Timor. He provides in-service training and continuing education for clergy.
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Surjadinata, Max
Max Surjadinata, member of Judson Memorial Church, United Church of Christ, New York, New York, serves as a short-term volunteer at the Gereja Kristen Indonesia (GKI) Yasmin. Rev. Surjadinata is involved with a pastoral ministry at GKI and teaches Theological English in Sekolah Teologia Tinggi, STT Lewa, Sumba.
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Support Ministries in Indonesia

 To make a general gift for the work being done by partners in this country use the online donation page. Select Southern Asia from the designation list and type work in Indonesia into the Project/Partner line.

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