Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Indonesia Ministry Timeline

Indonesia is not just a passing interest for us, we've been involved in sharing the Good News there for more than 20 years.  Below is a high-level timeline describing our experiences there:
  • 1991: John and Garvisa met Ken and Ginny Mauger who shared their burden for Bali with them.
  • 1992: The Strouds moved to Indonesia to begin bi-vocational ministry among the 3.5 million Balinese Hindu people.
  • 1993 – 1996: They discipled young men and women on Bali including Asri, Theo, Suhenes, Putu Sumarmi, and others.
  • 1996:  They moved to Yogyakarta, Central Java to continue making disciples and encouraging church leaders. 
  • 1996 – 1999: Continued bivocational ministry of discipleship and leadership development. 
  • 1999:  The Stroud family left Indonesia to return to the US, maintaining long-distance relationship with Indonesian disciples.
  • 2004:  John joined the staff of Grace Life Community Church and began to introduce the church to ministries in SE Asia.
  • 2005: Bobby Stroud passed away and memorial fund was established in his name to fund the construction of a church on Bali.
2006 Return to Bali
  • 2006:  John, Garvisa and Brian returned to Indonesia to:
  • Participate in the wedding of Luh Asri and Kristian Lehom.
  • Memorialize the 1-year anniversary of Bobby’s passing with Indonesian family and friends.
  • Deliver Memorial Fund gifts for use on church construction.
    Bobby's Cave
    Bobby's Cave
  • Speak in churches about God’s grace in the midst of tragedy.
  • Pave the way for ongoing ministry relationships in SE Asia.
  • 2009: “Impact Bali 2009” mission trip where 14 representatives of GLCC went to Bali to conduct the first-ever “Choose Life Conference” and establish the “Choose Life Counseling Center” directed by Kristian Lehom.
    Choose Life Indonesia

  • Dec. 2009:  John returned to Indonesia to conduct intensive, grace-based training of Choose Life Indonesia staff and board members. 
  • 2010:  Ten Life Choices translated into the Indonesian Language.
  • 2010: “Engage Bali 2010” mission trip to conduct additional “Choose Life” conferences and participate in the 25th Anniversary.
  • Kris, Asri, Kheny & Sasha
  • 2011: “Equip Bali 2011” to conduct “Choose Life” and “Life Now in Marriage” conferences on Bali and East Java.
  • 2013: “Encourage Indonesia 2013” Is scheduled to encourage Kris and Asri during a time of family crisis, expand the work of CLI further into Central Java, and conduct another “Life Choices in Marriage” conference on Bali.