Ministry Vision & Strategy
Cahaya Suku (“Light to the Peoples”) is one of the largest Indonesian church-planting initiatives aimed at ministry to unreached Muslims in Indonesia. The ministry seeks to establish reproducing churches among the 23 clusters of unreached Muslim groups in Indonesia. Cahaya Suku (CS) recruits, trains, and sends church planters, and has established a Christian witness in 10 of the 23 clusters.
MUSLIM LEADER FINDS A NEW CALLING
“Pramana” is an educated man with a degree in Arabic from a reputable university in Aceh. He studied Islam in Batam and Singapore, and researched the Islamic holy books for years. He was also a Muslim speaker for three years in a large mosque. Pramana was a successful and rich businessman, but went bankrupt after being cheated by a colleague. He was forced to become a door-to-door salesman. “Because we have the same kind of job, I was able to build a relationship with him,” said the CS church planter who befriended Pramana. “We became close friends and I learned that he has studied the Bible since he was a child. I know God had prepared his heart to meet me.”In time, Pramana accepted Jesus Christ. Pramana said, “I was a speaker in a mosque, but I hope one day I can be a speaker in a church, to be a preacher to the Acehnese. I am confident there will be a big transformation in Aceh.” Though he faces great risk, Pramana is sharing his faith.
Indonesia is the world’s fourth largest country with 130 major unreached people groups that comprise 129 million people. These unreached peoples are grouped into 23 demographic/linguistic clusters that have few, if any, Christians.
Though Muslim, many of these unreached peoples live in superstition and fear that is rooted in ancient animistic and cultural beliefs. Their religious practice is often a syncretistic mix of animism and Islam.
One of the major challenges in reaching Indonesia’s Muslims is not theological, but sociological. Church planters’ past experience with Christianity is influenced by the West, including a worship style far removed from the local context, and church buildings identified with a “foreign religion.” Cahaya Suku provides contextualized training that presents the Gospel in a way that is both biblical and relevant to their culture.
Cahaya Suku’s church planters have struggled hard to win their people to the Savior, but their results prove that the Church can be strongly established among Indonesian Muslims.
Cahaya Suku has gained a solid reputation among churches in the country and plays an active role in missions networking in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. It has already spun off two daughter ministries, one in North Sumatra and another in Malaysia. Cahaya Suku’s leaders are praying to enter other unreached areas of Indonesia and beyond.