The vision of Northern Sumatra Mission (NSM) is to plant churches among the unreached people groups in northern Sumatra. A daughter ministry of Cahaya Suku, another ministry partner of Partners International, NSM grew quickly after Partners helped church planters relocate to assist in tsunami relief projects. Today NSM operates evangelistic and holistic projects with the ultimate goal of seeing Christian communities established. Partners has worked alongside NSM as an independent organization since 2008, helping the team establish their ministry outreaches in this tough area. Consistent investments in leadership training and organizational development have enabled NSM to continue to grow year by year.

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The vision of Northern Sumatra Mission (NSM) is to plant churches among the unreached people groups in northern Sumatra, Indonesia. A daughter ministry of Cahaya Suku, another ministry partner of Partners International, NSM grew quickly after Partners helped church planters relocate to assist in tsunami relief projects. Today NSM operates evangelistic and holistic projects with the ultimate goal of seeing Christian communities established. Partners has worked alongside NSM as an independent organization since 2008, helping the team establish their ministry outreaches in this tough area. Consistent investments in leadership training and organizational development have enabled NSM to continue to grow year by year.

Sumatra is the largest unevangelized island in the world. Of its 52 unreached people groups, 48 have no indigenous churches and 30 of them have no known Christian workers. The Deli Malay, and Mandailing people groups are some of the most unreached groups on the island. Because there were never more than a few dozen foreign missionaries committed to reaching them, Muslims in this part of the country have had little exposure to the Gospel.

Due to a 30-year conflict between separatists and the Indonesian government, many have never met a Christian or seen a Bible. Their only reference points are sermons and teachings from their religious teachers warning that anything Christian will defile them. Conversion to Christianity is paramount to committing “cultural suicide.” Yet, since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and the opening up to the outside world, some recent and encouraging progress has been made and new opportunities have opened to share the Gospel.

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God Called Him Back

November 16, 2017

Why did God call him so quickly? This question crossed our minds when we heard that Pak Dah, a man we had recently baptized, had died. He passed away on…

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What if the team had not gone?

October 3, 2017

After several surveys, Northern Sumatra Mission sent a new team to an unreached people group in another province. A family with three children and a single man moved there the…

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Life Changes for House Builder

September 14, 2017

My coworker and I met Pak Ahmu as we were passing through his village. He was sitting in front of his house. He welcomed us kindly and we visited a…

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The Road Less Traveled…

August 31, 2017

From a church planter with Northern Sumatra Mission God leads me to meet people who are ready to hear the Gospel and believe in Jesus Christ as his Savior and…

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One individual at a time

July 7, 2017

Television continues to be a strong means of outreach for Indonesian Church Growth Network. Several months ago, the station gave our Northern Sumatra team the phone numbers of local people who…

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Man’s life changed forever one sunny afternoon

June 29, 2017

Northern Sumatra Mission in western Indonesia shares the following experience of one of their church planting teams. It’s the outcome they always pray for, but not one they always get!…

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On the way home

May 9, 2017

Testimony from Thomas, church planter with the DONS 1 team in Indonesia… I was on my way home from discipling a house church leader and I noticed this man fishing…

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On the way home

April 27, 2017

Some of those who come to faith we in Northern Sumatra Mission meet by “chance,” but we know who is directing our steps! As Albert*, a member of the DONS…

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Christmas/New Year greetings!

December 29, 2016

Brother Ami’s Story

October 24, 2016

Brother Ami believed and was baptized in 2012. He is a 48, single, and collects and sells goods to be recycled. He regularly attends discipleship meetings to study the Bible….

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  1. Brian Doriot

    That a church may be established among the Aceh people as envisioned, and that the Bible will be available to them in their own language to belp them grow and mature as disciples of Jesus.

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