OD Brings Together Indonesian Christian Workers through Prayer

Posted: December 17, 2013 in Articles

“My family are all of another faith,” shares Nia*, an Indonesian convert. “I could not tell them about my conversion.”

But even before she decides to follow Jesus, Nia is already alienated from the rest of her community because of her disability.

“I come to Sumatra hoping to get a job, but it is a hard because I am lame,” says Nia, who is originally from the Java province. “Not many are willing to employ me. It is doubly difficult, because people mock me for my condition.”

In 2012, she finds a job with a Christian for an employer, who then offers her marriage later on. Nia latches on, surprised at her ‘luck.’ She marries him at a church, mothers a son with him, and gets baptized into her husband’s ‘faith.’

Then, he leaves her for another woman.

“I was betrayed,” Nia discloses. “I realized that it had been his way of ‘Christianizing’ women… What saddens me most though is not being able to see and hold my three-month-old son.”

And so Nia returns to her home town. She tells not a single word about what has happened to her in Sumatra. She desires to return to her old religion, but the words from the Bible keeps popping up in her mind when she prays every night.

Afraid that her family will discover about her knowledge of Christianity, Nia moves permanently to Sumatra. She meets a local Christian worker who finds her a job and lets her stay with the family. Though still bitter over her husband’s deception, Nia decides to turn over a new chapter in her life with the Christian family.

“I understand Jesus and His teaching more because of them,” says Nia. “It has taken almost one year before I can really forgive my husband, and realize that his attitude and behavior do not represent Jesus’ teachings.”

Inspired by the local Christian worker, Nia begins to reach out to other non-Christians in her neighborhood. She works on her own for the most part. She barely knows anybody else who shares her faith, except her friend and spiritual mentor, but the family will soon move to another place.Image

The prospect of being alone worries Nia, and so her spiritual mentor urges her to attend the prayer gathering that Open Doors is sponsoring on October 2013 in South Sumatra. Nia has second thoughts about attending, but she changes her mind later on.

“I’ve never seen so many Christian workers in one place,” shares Nia, who is among the 36 participants of the prayer gathering. “I believe that Jesus has called me to bring more people to him. But I can’t do it alone. Besides, I still have much to learn.”

There are many others in Indonesia, like Nia, who are cut off from the fellowship of other believers. While they are passionate for the ministry, their prolonged isolation from the rest of the Body of Christ can bring them discouragement and despair. Some end up leaving the ministry.

Since 2010, Open Doors has been strengthening Christian ministers, like Nia, through prayer gatherings. In partnership with a local missions group, a safe place is provided for Christian ministers to share their experiences in outreach, to pray and be prayed for, and to receive biblical training.

And to make new friends and ministry partners.

“I have found a friend here,” says Nia, who meets a fellow worker at the prayer gathering, with whom she will regularly pray and meet. “Now, I have others to help and pray for me in reaching out to more people for Jesus. Thank you for holding this prayer gathering for us.”Image

*Pseudonym used to protect the believer.

 

Please pray for:

  1. God to give Nia a chance to see and be restored to her son.
  2. Christian workers in Sumatra to have more opportunities to be connected to one another, so that they are encouraged to carry on in the ministry.
  3. Nia’s family to meet and know Jesus Christ.
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