Tim and Doris Johnson (pen names) are an amazing couple ministering in Indonesia. We caught them in a coffee shop, where they were able to get a good internet connection and also a little of the local flavor.
Incidentally, they also do some of their ministries out of that coffee shop, which is owned by a Muslim lady.
While we talked, they shared:
- A tool they use to share their faith
- A change they made that has both broken their hearts and yelled fruit for the kingdom
- One question you can use to open up a conversation with somebody from another religion
Life in Ministry
Tim and Doris are in a remote area of Indonesia. While the town they're in has about 100,000 people, they're about 8 hours from the nearest McDonald's, quality hospital, and airport. It's a small town by Indonesian standards.
They are focused on taking the Gospel to the 20+ unreached people groups in their area. While there are many ministers in other areas of Indonesia, they are the only ones they know of in their area.
- Working with a local Bible college
- Teaching English
- Kids' Club on Saturdays
The road to their ministry began around 2000 and they didn't return until 2007 to get started. Now, their children are heavily involved in ministry and scarcely remember life in the U.S.
Key Quote and Scripture
And on the following day they entered Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. (Acts [10:24])
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Philippians [1:21])
They are using the Any 3 tool to share their faith. Tim set the goal to share his faith with each of his friends before they return to the U.S.
One of the most challenging things this term has been opening up their home. They have their family and their “bigger family.”
They've had more things broken and stolen, more people lie and cheat them, or even create unsafe situations. They've had their hearts broken. They've felt like failures.
But they've also seen success.
They've had more failures than successes. But the successes have been huge successes, like a neighbor lady who has grown in her faith and has become a leader in the local church.
Prior to leaving for Indonesia as a family, Doris was talking with someone who was experiencing a “dry time” and didn't seem to be hearing God's voice. They were questioning whether God was there or not. As she was sitting in her attic praying, she had a Holy Spirit moment of faith.
You just decide. God IS there.
Tim's moments tend to be overwhelming moments. It's the constant reminder as he sees mosque after mosque after mosque that nearly everyone he sees is going to hell.
Doris is excited about the exponential growth of their children's ministry. They offer free English practice at the PEACH center. Most of the children have been invited by the Muslim owner of the coffee shop. Because of that, most of the children are coming from an Islamic background.
For many, it's the first time they've ever heard the stories of the Bible.
Tim is excited about the PEACH center as well and is looking forward to more opportunities in the future. Many of the people they minister to are hungry for English and open to the love of God.
Significance in the Marketplace
Doris reminded us to start with prayer – that's foundational, no matterw what. Then, build relationships but don't be afraid to discuss religion early on. The longer you wait, the harder it is. And, if you're looking for a way to transition to a discussion about faith, Tim and Doris have found the questions below very helpful.
- What do you believe and why? Can you explain it to me?
- Would you like to hear what I believe?
- Come in with an even more humble heart.
- Be even more willing to be bold.
- This, too, shall pass.
- They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Personal Success Habit
- Prayer and fasting
- Just fully surrender to Christ.
- God has the best plan for you.
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