In Indonesia Entire Church Congregations Share One Bible; Can You Spare $7 to Send a Bible to Someone in Need

Christmas Baptism 2017-A pastor (center) on the island of Borneo celebrates the baptism of six new followers of Jesus Christ. (Photo courtesy of FMI)

Executive International Director Bruce Allen of FMI is fresh off the plane from a field visit to Indonesia. But before we share about his time abroad, take a quick mental count of how many Bibles you own. Include the Bible on your phone, tablet, or computer, too.

Now, consider this—in Indonesia, it is common that a single bible is shared between nine to twelve people.

Craving God’s Word

“There are many congregations on the island of Borneo for example, where the pastor has the Bible, and the pastor’s wife and maybe a couple other people in the congregation. But the majority of the congregation do not have their own Bible. It’s nearly impossible to find one for purchase on the island,” Allen explains.

Even the local government office for minority affairs does not have Bibles to give pastors. Despite the lack of supply, there is a hunger on Borneo for God’s Word. Already this year, FMI has double the number of Bibles distributed in the country from 2018.

FMI wants to meet this hunger. Their goal is to supply FMI pastors in Indonesia with 500 Bibles before the end of the year. And it doesn’t stop there; in 2020, FMI would like to triple the 2019 figures for the number of Bibles it supplies to its church partners.

“We’d love to have the financial support, the prayer support of Mission Network News’ audience to really rally around this new openness that is being experienced across Indonesia,” Allen says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn