Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world, with more Muslims than in the entire Middle East. Many Muslims 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.

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Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world, with more Muslims than in the entire Middle East. Many Muslims 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.

Since the mid-1960’s, the Indonesia Church Growth Network (ICGN) has worked with Indonesian national churches to reach several of Indonesia’s major unreached people groups. Ministries of ICGN include youth ministries bringing renewal to Indonesian churches, youth ministries for Muslim-background believers, lay training for evangelists and church planters, and multimedia outreach.

One of the major challenges in reaching Indonesia’s Muslims is not theological, but sociological. Believers are viewed as leaving their local culture, and thus often suffer painful ostracism from family, friends, and cultural traditions. Also, church planters’ past experience with Christianity is influenced by the West, including a worship style far removed from their local context. Thus, it is critical to share the Gospel in a way that is both biblical and relevant to their culture.

Although there has been an upsurge in Muslim fundamentalism, local Christian leaders believe that now is the time to reach Indonesia’s unreached people groups.

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Dimas* is an elder from a church in Central Java who has been studying in our Bible training program. He initially came to one of our preaching seminars after his…

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Last Saturday, Dottie*, one of our staff members at our media productions, arranged a ride home with an Uber driver on motorcycle. These phone-based ride services have become very popular…

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December 12, 2017

Mrs. Ani* had been watching our TV show regularly and decided on her own to believe! She eventually began asking questions to her boss who is a believer. Her boss…

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November 9, 2017

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No Compromise for Samantha

October 26, 2017

Samantha, an Indonesian university student, found it pays off to stand your ground in your Christian walk. Eddy, a smart, nice “cousin” young man, was seriously interested in Samantha, one…

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Pastors shocked at youth response!

July 6, 2017

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Ministry plans key training event

April 27, 2017

The second week of May, Indonesian Church Growth Network will join with others in training 20 or more church planters to become trainers and mentors in our village lay training….

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Multimedia outreach

January 27, 2017

Our Christian youth magazine “Gentra” continues to encourage believers and unbelievers alike. Christians loan their copy of Gentra to unbelieving friends and neighbors. This magazine has started receiving Muslim Facebook…

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Miriam’s changed life calms hubby’s anger

December 29, 2016

For years, Miriam*, a 52-year-old elementary school teacher, had closely watched the family of Pastor Ian*, a pastor with Indonesian Church Growth Network. This family seemed different from everyone else…

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Flash Flood Creates Havoc in Indonesia

November 7, 2016

A few weeks ago, 13 families of believers lost their houses in a flash flood so high that it reached the ceiling. In six houses, window frames and internal walls…

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