Photo Journral in Indonesia

May 11, 2020 • Indonesian

Women gathered in a listener community


Earlier this year, Jeffrey Schra, Hans Mulder, and I (Kurt Selles) traveled to Indonesia to take part in the installation service for our new Indonesian ministry leader, Rev. Arliyanus Larosa. Christians are a small minority in this Muslim-majority country and it might surprise you to know that Indonesia has the world's 4th largest population (after China, India, and the United States) with more than 260 million people.

Jakarta, the capital is a massive city and that fact became very real from the moment we landed. We sat through traffic from the airport into the city and were astonished at the number of vehicles everywhere.

Jakarta Indonesia city space view
Motorcycle and car in Jakarta Indonesia
Young Muslim Women Indonesia
Muslim girls on cell phones in Indonesia

The Installation Service

We were all excited to take part in the installation service of Rev. Arliyanus Larosa who had been serving as the interim leader of our Indonesian ministry.

On a rainy Monday night in Jakarta, we were very impressed to find several hundred people filling a GKI church for Arliyanus’ installation service. In addition to local church members, more than 80 pastors from GKI churches had traveled from all around the island of Java to participate in the service.

Welcome Signs in Indonesia Church
Indonesian Church Service for New Leader
Kurt Selles and Arliyanus Larosa
Arliyanus Larosa and GKI Church of Indonesia


Rev. Arliyanus accompanied us as we flew to the island of Sumatra. We then made a 5-hour drive through villages and rainforests to visit several of the listener communities around the town of Sidikalang.

Sumatra Indonesia roads
Sumatra Indonesia street scene
Sumatra Indonesia Cars and people
Mountain and Trees In lush Sumatra Indonesia

Listener Communities

These listener communities are groups in remote areas that gather for Christian fellowship and to respond to the messages they hear on our radio programs. For some members, the listener community is effectively their church.

Women and children in Sumatra Indonesia gathering
Woman standing at listener community gathering in Sumatra
Community members shared their testimonies. Many of the women shared difficult stories, often involving absent or alcoholic husbands.

For them, the Good News they heard on the radio and participation in the listener community were key sources of hope.
Playing Music for women and children in house church Indonesia
A fish market in Sumatra Indonesia
Tin roof house in rural Indonesia
Women walking down a village road in Sumatra Indonesia
Sumatra Indonesia Children at a village home
Despite the hardships that many of them endure, the members of the listener communities showed us incredible hospitality. They communicated so much joy despite their circumstances.
Women walking on dirt road in Indonesia
Gathering of Christian believers in Sumatra Indonesia home
Gathering of women in home in Sumatra Indonesia
A community in Sumatra Indonesia with visitors Kurt Selles and Arliyanus Larosa

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