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Ministry & Church Dedications

    Our schedule was full in Sabu, Indonesia. The main public
    meetings were held in the evening on the open field. In the daytime, we took
    the opportunity to minister to various groups and also visit some local
    churches in the smaller villages.

    Government employees attended a seminar on marriage. 

    Government employees attended a seminar on marriage. 

    Marriage and family is a critical issue for our day and
    time. This is true in Indonesia and the rest of Asia and the world. One
    morning, we were able to minister to the local government officials of Sabu in
    their headquarters. I opened with a testimony of my own marriage and family to
    help them understand marriage requires commitment. Pastor Paulus Wiratno then
    was able to speak to them and teach on marriage within the Indonesian context.

    A local church serving the community in Sabu, Indonesia. The brake drum in front serves as a church bell. 

    A local church serving the community in Sabu, Indonesia. The brake drum in front serves as a church bell. 

    The afternoons were busy with visiting churches. Several
    churches on the island met in bamboo–walled buildings. A brake drum from a car
    functioned as a church bell and hung from a tree outside. Another church had cement
    walls and a roof, but little else. Yet another was making a bold step in
    dedicating a new building to be built alongside their existing sanctuary (made
    of bamboo). We prayed and dedicated this new initiative to build to the Lord.

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    I went away wondering how we could help these small local
    churches to reach their community. The people of God are people of vision. And
    it seems to become a burden on my heart to encourage these wonderful servants
    to see them reach the next stage in their walk with God and the work He has
    called them to do. “If only people could see this,” I thought. All across Asia
    are small churches who are largely forgotten. They need friends to come
    alongside them. Everyone needs friends to help them advance. The family of God
    stands together with Christ in Sabu and throughout the world. We are co-workers
    with the Holy Spirit.

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