Deep in the remote, forest-covered mountains of Papua, Indonesia, a physical and spiritual transformation is happening.
Dr. Julius Surjadi is leading the Luke Society’s ministry in Bugalaga and other remote Papua villages with his wife, Debby. The couple’s work in the region dates back to 1997, but in 2000 a transition was made from a government health program to one supported by the Luke Society. That change enabled the Surjadis to reach out to the spiritual health of the people.
The region was in desperate need of curative health-care assistance when the Surjadis began their ministry. However, the message became much more effective when they added the components of health training programs.
Today, doors have been opened to improved literacy and leadership creation. Churches have been planted. The bonds of nurturing family relationships have grown. Hygiene has also improved. These advancements have opened doors for the ministry to expand to other remote villages.
Dr. Julius Surjadi
Dr. Julius Surjadi has devoted his life to bringing health and healing to some of the most remote parts of the globe. He is a gifted communicator who has transformed health in primitive villages through health education. He is a visionary with insight on many subjects that enhance his ability and understanding to serve. His desire is to spiritually nourish those who have little or no understanding of the love of Jesus.
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.