The Church in Indonesia Receives Help through OCMC

The Church in Indonesia Receives Help through OCMC


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In October 2015, OCMC was very grateful to have welcomed Fr. Lazarus Sucanto from Indonesia. Fr. Lazarus reported that the church is surely growing in Indonesia, but it is also facing challenges trying to over-come the 10% Christianity rate. In Indonesia there are more than 250 million people but only 10% of them are Christian. Over many years the Orthodox Church in Indonesia has grow to over 20 communities. Through the help of OCMC the Orthodox Church in Indonesia is out in the open, it is not remotely hidden, as the people of Indonesia have given and continue to give their expressions of their Faith in such beautiful ways. The variety of ministries in Indonesia, again through the help of OCMC, are Orthodox Christian schools, an orphanage, feeding programs, and a hospital.

In 2015 the first OCMC short-term mission team went to Indonesia. In this article, OCMC Reports, “Team members visited several communities, offered catechism, and taught the faith. The Indonesian people were strengthened by the team members’ service, not just through what they taught, but through the bonds of fellowship that grew over the time that the team was there. They also learned of how the Church in Indonesia would like to partner with the Church in North America. The next step in this partnership will take place in May 2016 when another team will assist with healthcare outreach at the Theotokos Orthodox Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra from the 9th to the 21st. This team will also help with the continuing education of the hospital staff. Pediatricians, gynecologists, dentists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are strongly encouraged to apply. This team will not only provide much-needed care, but also show Christ-like love to the Indonesian people.”

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Dean Franck

Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.