Kingdom Workers began a partnership with Gereja Lutheran Indonesia (The Lutheran Church of Indonesia) just over three years ago. By working together, goals were set to address both physical and spiritual needs of the church members in remote areas of the island country. In order to achieve success, this partnership needed key local leaders to plan, run, review, and evaluate the programs and projects. One such leader is a young pastor who graduated from seminary just over two years ago – Pastor Jonah.
“There is nothing of greater importance than to share God’s Word. That’s why I wanted to become a pastor. I spent four years studying at the seminary under Gregory Bey, WELS Friendly Counselor, and then began my ministry back on my home island in a remote area of Indonesia...
“I grew up here. I know both the blessings and the challenges of living here. The biggest physical challenge we face here on my island is having access to clean water, especially during the dry season. I remember that as a child, I would go with my mother to the river to get buckets of water to bring back to my house. It wasn’t easy.
“Today my people are seeing vast improvements. By the grace of God, seven of our villages now have convenient access to clean water. This affects more than a thousand people both inside and outside of our church. We have water storage tanks, biosand filters, and household water filters. We are even planting gardens. While Kingdom Workers has provided training and supplies, we are very much invested in the work and do all we can to learn.
“The greatest blessing we have is to share the love of Jesus. Each project or program on which we work has the ultimate goal of bringing others to a greater understanding of his Word. God’s Word is always at the center of whatever we do.”
Because of local leaders like Pastor Jonah and the partnership with Kingdom Workers, Gereja Lutheran Indonesia is serving its members and surrounding communities with solutions for both physical and spiritual health.
Spring 2016 :: Coral Cady, Kingdom Workers Field Manager: South East Asia
A remote village in the mountains of Southeast Asia was struggling with issues relating to clean water. People were suffering from diarrhea. Women and children were hauling buckets several hours a day from the village to the water source and back. Boiling the water to purify it was contributing to respiratory diseases. Due to this never ending cycle of critical activity, time was not given to homework and other important tasks.
One of the village leaders said, “If only we had more water, we could grow gardens. We could plant vegetables and fruit that would help our children become healthier and have greater success in school.”
Things are different now in many ways. Recently, a group of Southeast Asian pastors gathered with Kingdom Workers Field Manager, Coral Cady and discussed the progress of this project. After the installation of a hydraulic land pump, storage tanks and a bio-sand filter, there is greater hope. Water has had a huge impact and been a great blessing to these people. As the story unfolded, several photos were shared. There were tears, cheers and prayers of thanks being offered to God!
The installation of a bio-sand filter is now ensuring clean drinking water. No longer do the women have to boil water before drinking. Not only has the number of cases of diarrhea drastically decreased, but also it has provided an opening for Kingdom Workers to educate them about respiratory health. Indoor cooking over wood fires is the number one reason why women, who cook the meals, are dying of respiratory diseases.
Instead of hauling and boiling water for many hours each day, there is now time for other activities. Children have time to do school work, play, and help with other chores. Because water is more accessible, the villagers are able to plant gardens and grow healthy foods they can eat and sell.
Church members feel blessed to share something special with their neighbors. Water has brought this community together; bringing harmony that has not been possible before. Because of the water, people are able to put aside old problems and focus on how to use this water to make a difference. Members of the congregation are inviting others in the community to attend services to access an even greater hope found in the true and living Water from Jesus Christ!
It is amazing to see the impact that water is having on God’s people.