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Profile : Indonesia

Region: South East Asia
Capital: Jakarta
Population: 258,316,051
Area: 1 919 317
GDP per capita: $3800.00
Religions: Muslim 87.2%, Protestant 7%, Roman Catholic 2.9%
Languages: Bahasa Indonesia is the official language. There are 726 languages with 18 spoken by more than one million speakers.

Description

The world's largest Archipelago, Indonesia achieved independence from the Netherlands in 1949. The economic crisis in 1997 was the spark that led to an end to President Suharto's rule after nearly 30 years in power. The transition to a popularly elected government has been difficult with considerable unrest. The government has a considerable way to go in addressing corruption, economic and regional issues to improve the quality of life for Indonesia's people.

Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim population with over 200 million adherents.

The government mandates that each citizen adhere to one of the five recognised religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Protestant Christianity or Roman Catholicism. While this supports a pluralistic society it has also brought many animists to consider the claims of the gospel.

There has been a move since the 1990s to Islamise Indonesia. Mosques have been built and Muslims have moved to Christian-majority areas.

The last decade has seen a number of attacks on churches. Rising levels of persecution in the 1990s encouraged greater unity amongst Christians.

Rapid growth of the church has outstripped the supply of full-time workers so spiritually mature leaders, lay-workers and disciplers are needed.

Missionaries

Prayer Points

  • Pray for those being trained in Bible colleges throughout Indonesia, that they will be well equipped as faithful gospel workers.
  • Pray that Timorese people burdened by religious and social obligations, and oppression, may come to find true hope, life and rest in Jesus Christ.

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Opportunities

Category Opportunity Category Duration
International Churches Associate Minister, All Saints Anglican Church - Jakarta Church Based Ministries Long Term
Education Primary and Secondary Teachers - Indonesia School Teachers Long Term
Bible and Theology Reformation Church History Lecturer - Indonesia Long Term
International Churches Senior Minister - Indonesia Long Term
Bible and Theology Theology Lecturers - Indonesia Bible and Theology Teachers Long Term
Education, Student Ministry University Lecturers - Indonesia Bible and Theology Teachers Long Term
International Churches, Youth and Children Youth and Children’s Pastor - Indonesia Short Term, 2 years

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