Indonesia consists of over 13,000 islands with a population of 230 million, mostly Muslim. Indonesia has hundreds of tribes with 127 neglected and unreached people groups, one of which is the Dohoi Ot Danum, a Dayak tribe living in Central Kalimantan with the population of 105,000 inhabitants.
Christopherus’s Mission Post to reach this group is located in the rural village of Tumbang Marikoi, Central Kalimantan. This village was dark and muddy with no electricity, school system, health clinics nor church as place of worship. They mostly followed the ancestor worship and occultism. Without any access roads, the only access to the village was a 4-day boat ride through the Kahayan River that is winding like a snake.
When we first came to Tumbang Marikoi, the people could not speak Indonesian, children were naked with belly full of worms because they drank water directly from the river without boiling. Christopherus partners closely with its sister missionaries from Christus Trager, Germany, to provide accompanying health care, education and health services following revival meetings filled with repentance and healing miracles. Praise the Lord, with the support of Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and Helimission, we can now reach the Christopherus Mission facility in 50 minutes. Now there is a boarding school until high school, a health center and a very large church. The children are now healthy, well dressed and educated. They like to watch Christopherus’ films and go to Sunday School. Through God’s goodness and faithfulness, this village has been transformed into a town district.
Christopherus is in the process of founding Integrated Discipleship Training Centre for Village Mission in Tumbang Marikoi. The curriculum focuses on character building and mission training to reach other neglected and unreached people groups. Furthermore, through the Mission Tourism program, Christopherus offers short program like Bible Camp and Outreach.