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Gospel Outreach in Indonesia Despite Riots
"Christian B. Schäffler" <APD_Info_Schweiz@compuserve.com>
06 Sep 1998 06:39:21
September 6, 1998
Adventist Press Service (APD)
Christian B. Schaeffler, Editor-in-chief
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CH-4003 Basel, Switzerland
GOSPEL OUTREACH CONTINUES IN INDONESIA DESPITE RIOTS
Medan, Indonesia, 06.09.1998 [ANN] Ongoing civil
unrest and rioting in Indonesia have not prevented
gospel outreach programs, with many Indonesians
receptive to the Christian message, according to
"Riots erupted in Medan three months ago," said
Jonathan Kuntaraf, an associate director for Personal
Ministries at the Seventh-day Adventist Church World
Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. "Many
churches have been burned across the country, and we
were advised that our safety could not be assured."
However, Kuntaraf, together with his wife Kathleen
Kuntaraf, M.D., associate director for Health
Ministries, and Ben Sanidad, M.D., an Adventist
doctor from Cleveland, Ohio, travelled to Indonesia
and held a number of health and gospel outreach
programs July 30-August 15.
The civil unrest did not prevent a high attendance at
the meetings, with more than 1,300 present each
evening. At the conclusion of the program, 258 chose
to be baptised and join the Adventist Church.
"This is the highest baptism in the history of
Medan," reported Sabar Pinem, president for the
Adventist Church in North Sumatra.
"We were pleased to be able to work in Medan," says
Kuntaraf. "Many discouraged us before we went, saying
it wasn't safe. But we encountered no problems and
enjoyed the experience very much. Right now we still
have the freedom to preach in the country, so now is
the time to take advantage of the opportunity."
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