The Unlikely Connection Between a Pennsylvania Retirement Community and a Church in Indonesia

At first glance, a retirement community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania may not have much in common with a church in Indonesia. But what they do share transcends their differences — they are believers linked through prayer.

In Indonesia, Global Disciples trains churches to make disciples and reach the unreached with the Gospel. The harvest is ripe; 62 percent of Indonesia’s population is considered unreached according to The Joshua Project.

The stakes for the Gospel are high. Indonesian Christians are in the minority and new converts are often targeted or isolated by their friends and family.

Global Disciples’ Wendy Nagle says they recently heard of a 19-year-old girl named Damaris who attends one of their church partners’ discipleship trainings. Damaris was raised in an animist tradition and recently accepted Jesus as her Savior.

Nagle says their prayer leader in Indonesia asked for prayer for Damaris. “She joined the training really understanding that her parents were opposed to her being there…. But Damaris knew that if she was going to serve Jesus, she needed to understand how she could talk to other people about Christ, and she looked forward to this opportunity for training.”

Specifically, the prayer leader asked Global Disciples to ask the Lord to “cover Damaris in the training session and really touch her heart and give her ways that she could honor her family by sharing the love of Jesus.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Lyndsey Koh