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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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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IOCS March April 2020 update

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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IOCS Nov Dec 2019

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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God has Many Ways to Make the Gospel Known

October 17, 2019

A testimony of two church planters who are serving in the eastern part of Indonesia: Rendy*, a church planter, was traveling in July to visit a few areas that were…

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Joy From Jesus’ Miracles

July 24, 2019

Here’s a testimony from a Church Planter in Southern Sumatra We were grateful that God led us to meet Putra*, who is 33 years old, and his father, Arif*, who…

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There is power in the name of Jesus

May 7, 2019

Cham* is a church planter who works on a small island with a population of 93,000 in the Eastern part of Indonesia.   Cham met Hoa* almost three years ago…

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IOCS April

Natural Disaster Gives Men the Chance to Hear About Jesus

April 5, 2019

We thank God for taking care of our ministry. Despite the difficulties and challenges we faced, we were grateful that God has been protecting and providing for our family. Ministry…

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Tsunami on the Southern Coast of Lampung

February 4, 2019

Buu* and his wife were asleep when the tsunami struck. Chau*, their daughter, was also sleeping with her husband and two children. Around 9:15 pm they could hear the sound…

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Finding Jesus Through Organic Fertilizer

Finding Jesus through Organic Fertilizer

December 8, 2018

  This is a story from a church planter in Indonesia.   After planning and praying for a month, God finally opened the way for us to enter a village….

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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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