Cahaya Suku (“Light to the Peoples”) is one of the largest Indonesian church-planting initiatives in Indonesia aimed at ministry to unreached Muslims. With a vision to see all of Indonesia reached with the Gospel, Cahaya Suku assists in forming independent regional ministries that are proclaiming the Good News among the unreached and planting reproducing contextual house churches. Partners has been working with Cahaya Suku since 1999. At that time, 90 percent of Indonesians sent as church planters to Muslim communities quit within the first five years due to isolation, persecution, burnout, and lack of results. Together, we have created a ministry model that not only stems the attrition of key workers, but it has become a proven successful model for Muslim church planting.

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Cahaya Suku (“Light to the Peoples”) is one of the largest church-planting initiatives in Indonesia aimed at ministry to unreached Muslims. With a vision to see all of Indonesia reached with the Gospel, Cahaya Suku assists in forming independent regional ministries that are proclaiming the Good News among the unreached and planting reproducing contextual house churches. Partners has been working with Cahaya Suku since 1999. At that time, 90 percent of Indonesians sent as church planters to Muslim communities quit within the first five years due to isolation, persecution, burnout, and lack of results. Together, we have created a ministry model that not only stems the attrition of key workers, but it has become a proven successful model for Muslim church planting.

Indonesia is the world’s fourth largest country with more than 254 million people. It is also one of the most diverse with more than 750 distinct people groups. Sadly, 130 of these groups are highly unreached with few, if any, Christians. Though 80% of Indonesians identify themselves as Muslim, many live in superstition and fear that is rooted in ancient animistic beliefs.

One of the major challenges in reaching Indonesia’s Muslims is not theological, but sociological. Many seekers fear they will have to abandon their treasured cultural traditions and family bonds in order to follow Christ. Geography is also an obstacle as Indonesia spans 17,500 islands. Despite the challenges and though it is still a tiny minority, the Indonesian Church is strong and committed, and believers are taking an increasingly active role in winning their countrymen to the Savior.

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A Discussion with a Muslim Apologist

April 7, 2021

Our team started an outreach ministry in one Indonesian province less than a year ago. We are grateful for 11 new believers from this ministry. In addition to discipling these…

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Two Families of New Believers

February 8, 2021

Nam‘s Family Two church planters in Indonesia first met Nam (53) at the end of August when they were on their way to a new ministry area. Nam was resting…

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Considering the Word

January 25, 2021

I have known Brother Senen for a long time and have been building relationship with him. This month I made up my mind to share the Gospel with him and…

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Midnight Baptism

January 11, 2021

I have been working for almost one year with the church planting team and have been preaching the Gospel on the island. Some people said they wanted to believe, but,…

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Four Indonesians Change their Eternal Destiny

December 15, 2020

We thank God for His grace and guidance for our church planters. Although at one point our region had a high percentage of people contracting the coronavirus, our church planters…

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Indonesia: 5 Radically Saved

November 4, 2020

A Disappointing Day It was a disappointing day. Nita and Martha had not been able to share the Gospel with anyone, and they considered returning home as they saw storm…

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Church Planters and the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 19, 2020

We thank our Lord who continues to open the way for our church planters to disciple members of the house churches and the new believers. In the areas where lockdown…

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Pioneering a Ministry in a New Place

May 6, 2020

One of Cahaya Suku’s church planting teams started serving among the Muslims in the city of Ja* in Sumatra in mid-February. The team, consisting of 2 families, was grateful because…

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Pray – Flood in Indonesia

January 13, 2020

On 1st January, on the western side of Indonesia, a flood occurred, but we are thankful that our team is all safe. Please pray for us so that through this…

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Unemployed Man Gains More than a Job

January 12, 2020

This Cahaya Suku church planting team consists of three families — team leader John* and his family and Rich* and Donny* with their families. The island where they serve experienced…

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  1. Jim Vollmer

    For two consecutive mornings, I awakened with the words “Cahaya Suku” on my mind…even on my lips. And so…Father in heaven, from whom our help comes from, I ask that You pour out a blessing on this ministry, even as they are sent out as a light to the people, even as they are sent forth by the Light of the World into the dying and dark places of the hearts of man. Breath of God, refresh those whom You have appointed for this time of reaping in Indonesia and prepare their hearts for an even greater harvest than their storehouses may be ready for. Bring to remembrance even the smallest appearance of this being someone’s ministry other than Your very own. Let the honor and esteem be Yours always, for we are but dust. May Your amazing love love abound yet more and more in knowledge of Your plans for Cahaya Suku, as they act as your agent in helping preserve all that love You. Amen.

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