ABOUT THE MISSION:
The seeds of the ministry began back in 1968 when Steve Cate first took his family to Indonesia. Steve selected Medan as his original field of operations. A congregation was soon started in Medan and with the help of other missionaries who began arriving, other congregations were started in cities and villages in the North Sumatra province. In 1971, Steve was asked to move to Jakarta and continue the work of others who had since returned to the United States. In 1974, Steve accompanied a Christian in North Sumatra on a visit to the island of Nias. Two congregations were started as a result of this visit and other missionaries have helped the work on the island to continue to grow and prosper.
The work today is focused geographically around Jakarta and Nias. The work in Jakarta has two main focuses around children. The first and primary focus is Connor's house - a home for children - and enlarged with the purchase of a neighboring house that we call KOI House. These two houses, led by Daniel and Naomi Setiabudi, are used to permanently feed, clothe, shelter, and educate 10 children currently. Children raised at Connor's House are raised in a Christian home with the purpose of releasing them into this Muslim nation with a strong faith in Christ. As additional funds become available, more unwanted children will be added. The second focus was born out of Steve's heart for "garbage children". These children live in communities that exist round Jakarta landfills where they survive by scavenging through the trash finding not only food, but things that they can sell for a meager income. The ministry provides 20 nourishing meals per day to children in these communities.
The work on Nias includes both a children's home housing approximately 45 children, and boys and girls housing for older children obtaining high school educations. The children's home property is complete with a small farming operation where the older children learn sustainability lessons, and the home is partially supplied with fish from the stock tanks, pork, eggs, chicken, and crops. The main church is located on the girl's home property. Additionally, the young men can enroll in a program which trains them to do motorcycle repair, while the young women can learn sewing. It is also a goal of the ministry to assist the churches located in the many villages on the island with adequate roofing.
Daniel and Naomi Setiabudi are residents of Jakarta/Bekasi, Indonesia. Daniel is the radio speaker, preacher, teacher of Bible in both English and Indonesian, and founder of a congregation of over 40 that meet in Bekasi. Daniel was baptized in 1998 after studying the World Bible School Correspondence course.
All of us associated with this work invite you to become partners with us in spreading the gospel, and in feeding, clothing, sheltering, and educating the abandoned, neglected, and unwanted kids of Indonesia. For more information, visit www.jochebedshope.org.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:
- Pray for financial provision as more children are brought to Connor's House every month
- Pray for protection from those that are violently opposed to the mission of Connor's House, and the work in Indonesia
- Pray for the work on the island of Nias
- Pray for wisdom to provide work and community for adults that come to Christ and lose their job and family ties as a result
Eric Cate | firstname.lastname@example.org