National church worker in Indonesia shut down

By January 31, 2008

Indonesia (MNN) — AMG International has a long history of
training evangelists and church workers for leadership.

In Indonesia, AMG's 
Paul Jenks talked to one of the national church leaders,
identified as F. M., whose
commitment is being tested. "The
church that he's been leading there in Central Java has been called to task by
the local authorities, who are saying that because they don't have a petition signed
by enough of the local residents in their community, the people are going to have
to stop meeting as a local church."

F.M., like many other AMG national workers, is committed to AMG's mission: To give everyone a chance to hear and respond to a clear presentation of the Gospel. 

But the persecution they've experienced at the hands of the local
government has forced them to continue their work as a house church. Jenks shares the encouraging part of the
story: "It's interesting to see that in the face of this difficulty,
they're being made stronger in their faith." 

AMG acts as the liaison between North America and these
remote regions. The ministry helps train, equip, and underwrite the ministries of over 400 national workers, church planters and Bible school students in 20 nations.   

"We sponsor national pastors, national leaders, (and) church planters. This goes a long way to
helping cover their ministry costs. And for those in remote places, it is a major
part of their monthly budget."

A national worker can be supported at a fraction of what it costs to send a foreign missionary into the field. In many areas, it costs just $1,200 to keep a national worker on the field, per year. But as little as $50 a month has a big impact in the ministry of a national worker. Click here if you can respond.


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