The Apostle John received a vision of the throne of heaven in Revelation 7 where he saw “a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language.” The new Luke Society partner ministry in eastern Indonesia gets a taste of that Kingdom diversity every day.
In 2014, a young couple sensed the Lord calling them into ministry. The focus was to plant discovery Bible study groups among nonbelievers in an unreached area of eastern Indonesia. To do this effectively, they have used their medical and dental gifts to gain trust and access to eight of the largest unreached tribes and one primitive tribe in the region.
The team ventures out each month on a mobile ministry campaign to the remote villages to present the Gospel through holistic care. They have assembled a team of young people, church contacts and other professionals to spread out to tribal groups and witness to them.
The Luke Society began a formal ministry partnership with the couple in 2017. They hope to eventually open a permanent dental clinic as a way to be immersed into the society and complement their mobile holistic health campaigns.
Because of danger in a highly-sensitive region for Christians, the Luke Society intentionally withholds the name of the director of this ministry from the public domain.
Population: 256 million
Size: 1.9 million sq. km, or about three times the size of Texas.
Borders: Indian Ocean to the south; Malaysia to the north; Papua New Guinea to the east; Timor-Leste to the southeast.
Religious groups: Muslim, 87.2%; Christian, 7%
Primary language: Bahasa Indonesia, English, Dutch
Literacy (age 15+): 93.9%
Physician density: 0.2 doctors per 1,000 people.
Population below international poverty line: 11.3%
Life expectancy: 72.5 years
Infant mortality rate: 24.3 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major exports: Palm oil, oil and gas, electrical appliances, plywood, textiles, rubber.
Climate: Tropical; hot, humid; more moderate in highlands.
Terrain: Mostly coastal lowlands; larger islands have interior mountains.