Indonesia has the most Muslims of any country in the world. It also has disciples of Jesus Christ like Mumu.
Mumu did her discipleship training through Global Disciples and a partner program. During her outreach, she spent three months teaching English conversation at a Muslim boarding school. It was located in one of Indonesia’s many islands, among one of the hardest ethnic groups to reach with the Gospel.
But God opened a door. The school wanted the children to learn English, and Mumu and another girl took this unique opportunity.
Mumu said, “We longed to build relationships and share the Gospel with them, even though it’s difficult because they’re strong Muslims. They need the Gospel; they need the love of God.” Her goal was to introduce each student—and their teachers—to God’s love.
Sometimes other teachers challenged her. Especially the head English teacher, a strong local Muslim leader. He had many questions, questions about fasting and what it meant to be Christians.
Mumu said, “I was nervous, but I felt the Holy Spirit strengthen me. I told him fasting was one of the ways we build our relationship with Jesus, to experience Him in our lives. It’s not about rules or eating or drinking. He said Muslims only did it because their leaders told them to. It had no personal meaning or benefit.”
She lived in a dormitory with her students, and along with teaching responsibilities, Mumu and her teammate offered counsel and friendship. They made sure their conversations allowed them to share the love of God. Or they prayed for students who were sick or even demon-possessed.
Mumu said, “Some asked me how I had this great faith. I told them I did not, but Jesus can do anything because He is the Almighty God.”
While Mumu didn’t plant a church, she did see God at work through the many seeds she planted. And she learned to be a faithful disciple, speaking up and living out the love of Jesus among people who needed to see it and hear it.
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When it comes to reaching the least-reached with the Good News of Jesus Christ, each country and every region presents its own unique challenges.
Take Indonesia for example. This nation is made up of over 13 thousand islands—and over 7 hundred languages used among its 2 hundred 55 million people. Close to 80 percent of them are Muslims. Evangelical Christians make up only about 3 percent.
Lately, we’ve seen a renewed passion, purpose, and vision among the churches and leaders we partner with as Global Disciples. At a recent gathering of Indonesia’s training directors, they shared stories of growth and multiplication. And how they’re working to reach other Indonesians with the Gospel of Jesus.
Dawa leads a training program that started just a few years ago. He said, “Our training participants do some of their outreach through Bible clubs in the schools. From one, we have almost 40 people who are being discipled. We did a prayer walk to bless our region for Christ and to pray for a breakthrough, that more disciples would come and follow Christ.”
He went on to explain, “These disciples are active in evangelism to their friends who follow a tribal religion. And this year, we will multiply new fellowships in this tribal group.”
When Wibi led his first discipleship training, he was excited by the transformation he saw in the participants. He said, “One of the best moments was when the disciple-makers experienced God through the teaching. We saw that God restored and touched their hearts before they went out to minister to others.”
After the lesson on “Evangelism and Compassion,” the team went out and right way put it to practice. Wibi said, “One person came to Christ and received Him as his Savior immediately! And in this village, there are now seven people who are baptized, all by God’s grace!”
This is just a snapshot of what God is doing in Indonesia. And we’re so grateful He’s given us the opportunity to walk alongside these leaders, to help them raise up a new generation of disciple-makers, eager to share the Good News with those who are waiting to hear it!