Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world and has the world’s largest population of Muslims. Indonesia is a nation comprised of 17,508 islands.
Our church has supported the work of Asia Pacific Christian Mission International for more than 20 years. The work was started by American Christians and the leadership was then transferred to national directors, Gideon and Mei Tanbunaan. God is doing a great work through them and their associates in a very difficult field. Nearly 400 churches have been established by this mission. Just last year 25 new churches were started and 286 people were baptized. APCMI operates a Bible College, a medical clinic and 25 community learning centers along with prison ministry and radio ministry outreaches. APCMI has also sent missionaries to the Philippines and Malaysia.
Gideon has asked me to join a team of church leaders visiting the mission this September in order to experience the ministry first hand and to encourage the mission workers there. Lord willing, I will begin the journey Sunday afternoon, September 5 and return September 22. I will travel with Steve Stewart, one of the members of the API board who is from Springfield, Illinois, and with Warren Brosi, the minister of the Christian Church in New Berlin, Illinois. We intend to visit the work of APCMI in at least three different locations: Java, Kalimantan, and Sumatra.
I urgently ask you to pray for the following:
- Pray for spiritual preparation for our team. May God’s Holy Spirit lead us to see and engage the Indonesian culture in a way that promotes the gospel.
- Ask God to protect our team as we travel and our families who are at home.
- Pray that God’s kingdom will advance as a result of this trip.