Saturday, February 9, 2008
National church worker in Indonesia shut down
Indonesia-AMG International has a long history of training evangelists and church workers for leadership.In Indonesia, AMG's Paul Jenks talked to one of the national church leaders, identified as F. M., whose commitment is being tested."The church that he's been leading there in Central Java has been called to task by the local authorities, who are saying that because they don't have a petition signed by enough of the local residents in their community, the people are going to have to stop meeting as a local church." F.M., like many other AMG national workers, is committed to AMG's mission: To give everyone a chance to hear and respond to a clear presentation of the Gospel.But the persecution they've experienced at the hands of the local government has forced them to continue their work as a house church. Jenks shares the encouraging part of the story: "It's interesting to see that in the face of this difficulty, they're being made stronger in their faith."AMG acts as the liaison between North America and these remote regions. The ministry helps train, equip, and underwrite the ministries of over 400 national workers, church planters and Bible school students in 20 nations. "We sponsor national pastors, national leaders, and church planters.This goes a long way to helping cover their ministry costs. And for those in remote places, it is a major part of their monthly budget."A national worker can be supported at a fraction of what it costs to send a foreign missionary into the field. In many areas, it costs just $1,200 to keep a national worker on the field, per year. But as little as $50 a month has a big impact in the ministry of a national worker. Click here if you can respond.
As in the days of Noah....