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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Yay, First Group Formed!

May 22, 2018

Pak Ahmu*, aged 61, builds houses for a living. He was baptized in July 2017 five months after he confessed to believe. The first challenge we gave after he was…

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New Believers Holdout

May 1, 2018

Some new believers who had confessed belief in Jesus as Savior became doubtful after asking others from their Muslim community about Jesus. Last month, this happened with Mr. Uyu and…

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March 22, 2018

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God prepares husband; then wife

February 14, 2018

We first met Mr. M last August when we saw him sitting alone on the terrace of his house located on the edge of a rice field where he and…

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Rabbits open the way for ministry

February 1, 2018

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Farmer Accepts Ride; Gets More than He Bargained for!

December 19, 2017

Would you dare give a ride to a man you didn’t know? I was on my way to the market last April when I came across a man walking. I offered him…

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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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  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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