The largest island on the Indonesian archipelago is also known as Borneo. It’s twice the size of Germany, but the streets and roads are in a much worse condition. Many adherents of the traditional, animistic Kaharingan religion are very open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The good news of Christ frees them from their fear of evil spirits and gives them access to new education and job opportunities. They learn to eat more healthily, and gain a hope which extends beyond death. For this reason, pastors and vicars in the Protestant Church of Kalimantan not only need to perform their pastoral duties well, but also receive basic training in fish farming, arable farming and manual professions.
The Protestant Church of Kalimantan asked the Neukirchener Mission to send out staff from Germany to help with this dual training. So in early March 2019, Michael Strub, the director of the mission, travelled out to Kalimantan to meet with church leaders. He was accompanied by Indonesia experts Christian and Pebri Gossweiler. During the visit, they discussed how to work together going forward. The three also organised a seminar, visited churches and institutions in some of the more remote areas, and helped to ordain 26 new pastors.