Artha Wacana Christian University was formed in 1985 on the grounds of a closed theological seminary. All of their facilities were inherited from that institution. The structures are generally in poor condition. Five of the dormitories are not inhabitable at present, but are much needed as the student population is growing. To better accommodate the needs of the students, the University is planning to renovate the 5 dormitories and to build a new multifunction hall that can seat the whole student body of 600 (the current hall can only seat 200 persons).Read more
Mission Personnel John Campbell-Nelson Professor at the Theological Faculty of Artha Wacana University and consultant to the Christian Evangelical Church of Timor and the Protestant Church in East Timor Carlos Madrazo Development worker with the GMIM Synod of the Evangelical Church in Indonesia Partners Artha Wacana Christian University Artha Wacana Christian University was formed in 1985 on the grounds of a closed theological seminary. All of their facilities were inherited from that institution. The structures are generally in poor condition. Five of the dormitories are not inhabitable at present, but are much needed as the student population is growing. To better accommodate the needs of the students, the University is planning to renovate the 5 dormitories and to build a new multifunction hall that can seat the whole student body of 600 (the current hall can only seat 200 persons). Church World Service - Indonesia CWS has assisted with disaster recovery efforts after large regional outbreaks of violence. Communion of Churches in Indonesia - PGI PGI is the largest organization of Christian Churches in Indonesia and is instrumental in addressing national issues as they relate to the Christian communities. PGI has initiated projects aimed at cultivating interfaith harmony and is dedicated to promoting the development of leadership skills in the churches throughout Indonesia. After the tsunami hit in December of 2004, PGI worked in cooperation with Church World Service and other Indonesian disaster relief programs to assist the people who were most impacted by loss of family, property, health and livelihood. Protestant Christian Church of Bali ΓÇô GKPB GKPB is an organization of the churches on the island of Bali. Evangelical Church of Sumba ΓÇô GKS Evangelical Church in Minihasa - Evangelical Church in Eastern Indonesia Gerega Protestan Indonesia LUWU (GPIL) GPIL has provided agricultural development support in a remote region that they believe has the potential to increase productivity and provide a better living for the farmers. In these projects they have (1) built bridges to make arable land more accessible; (2) developed a supply of manure to be used as fertilizer for crops; and (3) provided cacao and vanilla seed for planting. They are providing this assistance to congregations in Nasakke, Lebang, Lambara, Kerepansu, Tabarano and Kalaena. Protestant Church in South Sulawesi (GPSS) In May of 2002 GPSS and UCC-USA began an ecumenical partnership in which the UCC-USA has expressed a willingness to work closely with GPSS in facing the challenges to which they are called. The UCC-USA will benefit from sharing the challenges and the experiences of church development in a different social and cultural environment. Communion of Churches in Wilayah - PGIW PGIW is the organization of churches in Wilayah, a region of southwestern Sulawesi. Jakarta Theological Seminary A premier theological institution and a center for Christian Leadership Training in Indonesia. Duta Wacana Christian University, Jogiakarta Duta Wacana is both a University and a Theological School and is a center for training the future church leaders in Indonesia. The school serves approximately 2300 students in the areas of theology, engineering, economics and biology. Approximately 70% of the students are Christian University in Tomohon (UKIT) UKIT is a premier Satya Wacana Christian University A Christian Theological Institution on the Indonesian island of Bali. Theological Seminary of Kalimantan ΓÇô STT GKE STT GKE is a center for Christian Leadership Development in Indonesia. Theological Seminary of Eastern Indonesia ΓÇô STT INTIM STT INTIM is another center of Christian Leadership Development.Read more
Mr. Gede Suarna The Protestant Church in Bali Indonesia ARI Graduate 2007 "In my community we have a traditional way of life that is known as "Gotong royong" or working together, helping each other... I realize that many strengths and resources are found in myself, my sending body, and my community." Academic scholarship supported by the Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) One Great Hour of Sharing On the behalf of the Protestant Church in Bali, the Asian Rural Institute would like to extend its deep gratitude to Global Ministries for providing a scholarship to Mr. Gede Suarna to attend the Asian Rural Institute's Rural Leaders Training Program (April - December 2007). By supporting Gede you are helping to better a whole community back in Bali. Isao Nozaki Director Gede at ARI The motto of Gede's sending organization "Maha Boga Marga" nicely sums up his work. Literally translated it means "big food way," but he himself explains it as "the path to prosperity." This basic understanding of the connection between food and prosperity is very important in his rural community. Furthermore, he is quick to point out that this motto encompasses all people without discrimination. With his calm demeanor and agreeable nature, Gede seems a perfect model of the gentle people of Bali. His easygoing temperament has certainly proved an asset in working with his fellow international participants. For the practical aspects of the agricultural training he was assigned to work as a part of a small group, with each member serving as a leader for three weeks in rotation. This means that people from different countries, religions, and backgrounds as well as volunteers and staff must work together. During his term as group leader Gede served as a truly peaceful leader, able to make decisions, slow to anger, and abundant in kindness. With his keen interest in learning new skills, Gede used his time at ARI to study aquaculture and crops and vegetables. He was especially excited about learning to build fish ponds, as they can provide a good income with limited financial input. Although his concentration at ARI was learning fish farming, he has also learned about brooding chickens and ducks. With his current knowledge in keeping large animals, such as water buffalo, he graduates from ARI with a very broad knowledge of livestock. Gede was also an integral part of the planning and preparation of ARI's annual Harvest Thanksgiving Celebration (HTC) in October. As tourism on Bali gradually returns after the two terrorist attacks, it is important for him to be able to help stage events to garner interest in the rural communities he serves. He was promoted to chairperson of his committee for HTC in which he organized the children's games and bazaar that sold the participant's handicrafts. While many tourists come to enjoy the natural beauty of Bali, Gede thinks that they could further improve tourism by expanding on their own local festivals. Excerpt from Gede's Reflection Paper Self Introduction I was born in a small village on Bali Island. My father is a farmer with a one hectare rice field. I have three brothers and five sisters. Most of the community members in my village are farmers. They have a simple life. I entered GKPB [The Protestant Christian Church in Bali] in 1982, was baptized in 1987, and became a member of the youth community of GKPB. In this community I studied about leadership - to learn about organizing, sharing, being a chairperson, loving each other, and growing closer to God. With our pastor I went to our congregation's houses to hear what their problems are and talk with them to find a good solution to solve their problems. Most of the families in our congregation are farmers. They have coconuts, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and bananas. Some of them have paddy fields, soybeans and vegetables. They have native chickens, pigRead more
Aprendiendo la paz Él juzgará entre las naciones y reprenderá a muchos pueblos. Convertirán sus espadas en rejas de arado y sus lanzas en hoces; no alzará espada nación contra nación ni se adiestrarán más para la guerra. - Isaías 2:4 Recientemente visité Maluku, en el este de Indonesia, la cual estaba envuelta en violencia comunal luego de la caída de Suharto en 1998. Hasta hace unos cinco años atrás, cristianos y musulmanes en aldeas locales se estaban matando unos a los otros y quemando casas, iglesias y mesquitas. Hoy día, la iglesia está involucrada en programas para fomentar la paz entre estas aldeas cristianas y musulmanes. Un amigo musulmán que había crecido en esa área y conocía a todo el mundo, estaba viajando con nosotros. Después de varios días de pláticas tanto en aldeas musulmanas como cristianas y de ver la excitación y esperanza en los ojos del grupo de jóvenes tanto cristianos como musulmanes que servían como "motivadores de las aldeas" en el programa para fomentar la paz, expresé mi asombro de que estas personas pudieran haber sido tan violentas unas contra las otras.Read more
Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ
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John Campbell-Nelson - Indonesia
I am enjoying a peaceful morning at home today, having excused myself from the Synod office in order to write a long-overdue newsletter. Like many church offices, the Synod here in Kupang is a great place for conversations with friends, but not so good if you actually want to concentrate on something.
Out my window I see my neighbors harvesting their rice crop, and in the paddy just in front of our house a widow is exercising her ancient right to glean the field. According to tradition, rice has a soul just like you and me, and if you don't take care when harvesting and treat the rice with respect, its soul will leave and the rice will be infertile and tasteless. I notice a difference between "modernized" young people and those who have been raised in a more traditional village environment by the way they handle the rice stalks, whether they joke and shout during the harvest or work in respectful silence. In a sense, the widow as she gleans is doing a public service by making sure that every grain of rice is valued. Or maybe that's just the preacher in me, romanticizing her poverty. At any rate, it's clear that what people believe affects their behavior in very subtle ways.Read more
On a Saturday afternoon in August 1806, five college students gathered in a field to discuss the spiritual needs of those living in Asian countries. When a thunderstorm arose, they took shelter on the side of a haystack and prayed. This gathering came to be called the Haystack Prayer Meeting, launching the modern American mission movement.
John Campbell-Nelson - Indonesia
Greetings from a beautifully green if somewhat muggy Timor. We are in mid-rainy season here, and the rice is growing behind the house and the peanuts and lentils are coming along nicely in our garden up the hill. As I was walking to a neighbor's house yesterday I couldn't help but notice that nearly everyone has a better looking crop than we do. Despite our best intentions, and despite the labors of seven Timorese young people who live with us while they attend school, there's no disguising the fact that we are "gentry" farmers. Our lives don't depend on what we grow, and our garden shows it.Read more
The Tsunami Recovery from the devastation on December 26, 2004 goes on and new relief efforts are responding to the tsunami of July 17, 2006 along the coast of Java.Read more