Finding Good Soil in Indonesia
For some time now, we have tried to keep the Parable of the Sower in mind as a guide for thinking about what we do. We try to sow the seed as broadly as possible and pray that God will see that it falls on good ground.
From the beginning, this has been the way the ministry has grown. Now, over 350,000 books in print in 35 languages are in use in 40+ countries. Two “delivery” websites provide the books and stories for download at no cost. Those numbers have been a bit harder to keep track of. Some of this growth has been through careful strategies and well executed plans. Most of the growth, however, has been God’s good hand of providence placing the materials so that they can be “noticed” and used by someone who needs them.
Here is a recent email from Indonesia to serve as an example:
I found out about your website from an email you sent some time ago to explore ministry opportunities in Indonesia.
My wife and I have a children’s home in Indonesia and I just happened to take a look at your website. I realized it might be ideal as a ministry tool not just for our kids but also for the kids in the surrounding area of the kids home. Indonesian parents are very keen for their kids to learn English as it can be extremely useful when seeking employment. Additionally, the Indonesians are extremely hard to reach with the gospel, certainly more difficult than the Muslim communities. One of our plans is to set up a small ‘extra curricular’ school at the kids home for local poor kids and this resource would be ideal.
In looking at your website it seems it is a free resource but I just wanted to check. I will have to run this past my ministry partner who runs the children’s home and who is also a Indonesian pastor (plus he and his wife are both trained teachers) but I am sure they will be very keen to use it.
Grace and peace
Please continue to pray that, as we sow the seed broadly and indiscriminately, that God will guide the people who need what we have produced to find it.