Indonesian Teachers take home lessons from Australia

Those of us who have travelled internationally know the excitement of visiting a different country, meeting its people and learning the culture. This was the experience of Indonesian teachers Flutner Purba and Yentie Simanjuntak, who spent four weeks in Brisbane recently. The visit of the teachers from the Huria Kristen Batak Protestan (a partner church […]

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A New Era

Mention the word ‘Indonesia’ and many people would not associate it with the word ‘Christian’. However, it is estimated that there are over 21 million Christians in Indonesia (and growing), making up over 10% of the population. This includes nearly 4 million people belonging to twelve different Lutheran church groups in Indonesia, mostly located in […]

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Building on Strong Foundations

Large granite rocks and cement were used by many people to begin to lay the foundations for new classrooms for two schools of the Gereja Kristen Protestan Simalungan (GKPS) church in Indonesia on 13 June 2007. On a day filled with travel on crowded roads bordered by green rice paddies, colourful Batak dancing, energetic and […]

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In His Time

Thursday 11 January in Perth airport. It’s been such a long time, it seems, since I saw the children of Debora. I left there in late April, 2006, after my second visit and hoped to get back straight after Synod in Toowoomba – but it didn’t happen – it wasn’t God’s time. Sometimes it’s hard […]

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Sister schools strengthen bonds

The Immanuel Lutheran school and church communities, Buderim, Queensland, have further strengthened their bonds with their sister school and church in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Three delegates from the Immanuel communities visited the Gereja Kristan Protestan Indonesia (GKPI) church and school. Naree Wittwer, head of Immanuel Lutheran College (ILC) Middle School, visited the GKPI school, […]

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We Will Never Forget

We’ve heard a lot about Aceh because of the unbelievable destruction there. We haven’t heard nearly so much about the Island of Nias which is off the west coast of Sumatra – and with good reason. Nias was relatively untouched. What an awful word relatively is! Relatively means dozens and dozens are dead instead of […]

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