Sundanese Christian Fellowship church planter shares his experiences ministering under the bridge.
I am thankful for God’s help in my work in a city in Indonesia that has many Muslim boarding schools, where most of the population embraces a radical Islam. Not surprisingly most of them hate Christians.
Pak Santosa*, a 50-year-old man, lives alone under the bridge. His wife died and he does not want to be a burden for his children. He works collecting recycling materials. Every day he walks with his cart looking for cardboard, plastic or other junk that can be recycled. After collecting the stuff, he washes the plastic bottles and cups in a stream near the bridge and sells them. I once encourage him to move to a better place, but he refused. He preferred to live under the bridge because it makes it easier to wash the junk.
Two years ago, Pak Santosa came to faith in Jesus and was baptized through the ministry of another of our church planters. When the church planter moved to serve in another area, I started to follow up and disciple Pak Santosa.
Every week, we met together to study the Bible, and still do. I taught and encouraged him to share the Gospel with his friends and family. In addition I also taught him how to continue to build relationships with those he witnessed to, so that their faith continues to grow.
By God’s grace, Pak Santosa responded to what I taught. He is committed to preach the Gospel every week to three friends or family members. When he meets people on the street, he begins to build relationships and starts to deliver the Gospel message.
Early September he reached out to his family and one of his grandchildren came to faith in Jesus. Pak Santosa baptized her. Karina*, 18, just graduated from high school. After being baptized, Karina felt confidence and peace in her heart. Currently Pak Santosa is teaching her how she can grow in her relationship with Jesus Christ by remaining in Him, through prayer and obeying His Word.
I once was concerned about what could happen if there were disagreements and rejection from Santosa’s extended family considering that the environment in which he lives is a radical Muslim area. But that did not happen. I believe this is God almighty helping us all.
Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I am really grateful to see people being saved, especially in this city that is very strong against Christians. May the Lord keep showing His goodness to Santosa’s family and to our ministry in this city. Amen.
- Pray for Santosa, so he will keep the motivation to share the Good News until we can see all his family coming to the Lord.
- Pray for Karina, may she continue to grow in faith and knowing Jesus Christ more and more.
- Pray for this city, for the Lord to soften the people’s hearts to be open to listen the Good News, believe in Jesus and be discipled.
- Pray for our ministry’s annual evaluation and planning meeting in November, for God to give us wisdom and guide our decisions.
*Names changed for security reasons.