Sastro was born in Central Java to a family of eight children. He was raised in a Christian home and was baptized at the age of nine. However it wasn’t until age 17, when a fight at a soccer game landed him in the hospital, that Sastro determined to pursue full-time ministry. After graduation from Bible school, Sastro became active in church planting. In 1996, Sastro joined SCF as a church planter and in 2007 was asked to become SCF’s Executive Director. Sastro’s wife is also active in church planting, personal evangelism, and spiritual care for the wives of church planters. The couple has two children.
Ministry Vision & Strategy
Established in 1991, Sundanese Christian Fellowship (SCF) focuses on church planting among the 35 million Sundanese Muslims of West Java, Indonesia. SCF recruits potential church planters from Bible schools, trains them for an additional six months in the skills necessary for Muslim church planting, and sends them out in teams to live and serve among the Sundanese. SCF is viewed by other national ministries as a pioneer in the area of Muslim church planting. Their innovative methods are used by many other organizations in Indonesia.
“One day I saw an older man sitting in front of a small shelter looking very distressed. He was shocked that I asked to visit with him, but motioned to me to sit down. Pak Waluyo began to share about his struggles in life. His wife was suffering from kidney problems and needed an operation he couldn’t afford. My heart went out to him, and I began to share with him about Jesus, the Great Physician. A few days later I met Pak Waluyo again. He told me that he had gone home that night and prayed. After falling asleep, Jesus appeared to him in a dream and told him, ‘Don’t be afraid. What the young man said is true and your wife will be healed.’ The next day, he visited his wife in the hospital and found that she had indeed been healed. Since that time, he has visited my house often to study the Bible.” —A Sundanese church planter
Although there has been an upsurge in Muslim fundamentalism, our partners believe the time is ripe to reach the Sundanese with the Gospel. In SCF’s first few years, only one or two Sundanese could be won to the Savior. Today, more than 600 Sundanese from Muslim background have put their faith in Christ. SCF’s church planters have struggled hard to win their people to the Lord, but their results prove that churches can be strongly established among Indonesian Muslims.