On the 24-31st of July 2009, IPC sent 20 people of its mission team to Kupang, NTT.
Kupang is predominantly Protestant, but most of the region has a Catholic majority.
There are several mosques and Hindu temples in the city as well.
Like most Indonesian cities with a majority Christian population, Kupang too suffered a great deal in widespeard communal riots in the 1990s.
We worked together with The Evangelical Christian Church in Timor – Gereja Masehi Injili di Timor (GMIT) – the second largest protestant church in Indonesia with 1,072 ministers in 2,104 congregations serving around 1.5 million members.
Even thought GMIT is a large denomination, its people are among the poorest in Indonesia with the vast majority living in rural areas.
We left for Kupang with one purpose, “We bring Good News.” (Romans 10:13-15)
A few things that we seek to focus on during the mission were:
- Ministry towards the children in the orphanages through biblical puppet show and supplies
- Supporting church ministers, theological students and churches in need through prayer, sharing, scholarships and resources.
When we’re there, we did:
- Visited and gave gifts for Panti Asuhan Agape
- Visited another orphanage in Soe
- Brought sacrifice of praise
- Visited STT UnKris, encouraging seminary students
- Visited GMIT Agape
- Visited local Christian radio station (Radio Gema Inti Suara Kasih)
- Open Air Revival Service, followed with prayer and counselling sessions
- Visited a local kindergarten and primary school
- Spent time with local church and their families (to find out the best way to support them)
- Gave support to ministers, in forms of prayer, encouragement, finance and resources
What did we learn:
“It’s obvious that God is always in control of His own mission. It’s only by God’s providence that we received so many supports from our own congregations and the local churches there so that the mission trip becomes an opportunity to reach out to others in need of God’s love and practical supports in life.
The mission trip was the first for our church, and there were many challenges that we faced as a team while preparing for the mission. But unless we move together as a church, difficult things may be, we remain dead water than lively spring. When it comes to serving God, be willing to bear with each other, because ministry is a team-work” — Hanvy