In Kalimantan, the Dayak people live in primitive, tribal settings along rivers deep in the jungle. They have no access to medical facilities and live on fish, roots, simple agricultural crops and wild meat available in the jungle. Islam is the main religion in Kalimantan. Muslim in South Kalimantan Muslim accounts for as high as 96% of the population while Roman Catholic accounts for 1.3%. Many natives practice a form of folk Islam, they worship simple idols of a local origin, and their lives are troubled by evil spirits. Yayasan Pintu, a ministry led by Dayak Christians, in partnership with Partners International Canada seeks to reach these remote tribes with the gospel.
While exact numbers of Dayak are unknown. Many of the villages can only be reached of foot or by river. Workers are sent to remote locations often require days and weeks of travel. The ministry has developed an effective strategy for reaching these isolated villages in Central, West and South Kalimantan. At the STT Petrus School of Theology, near Samarinda, students receive theological, ministry and income generation training. Then, a practical field component of the program requires students to establish a village church of at least 12 new believers. As churches grow they send new students for training who reach other villages in the area.
Water Sanitation Project
Yayasan Pintu works in both the south and central regions of the Indonesian island Kalimantan, focusing on the Hinterland people group living there. The ministry carries out Christian community development sharing the gospel in word and deed and helping to bring life and health through various activities including clean water projects.
Clean water is especially important to Hinterland people who live along riversides in rural areas and use river water for everyday life. Water pollution from animals, laundry, bathing, and excrement, as well as waterborne diseases, cause adverse health effects among the people. Your donation supports Yayasan Pintu working in Hinterland communities to help carry out valuable water and sanitation programs.
These programs provide education on water contaminants and how to establish eco-friendly water filtration systems using local materials. The filtration systems include building water reservoirs and water filters that collect rainwater and eliminate waterborne diseases.
YPI is equipping field workers with the skills of organic farming before sending them out to the mission fields. Workers are sent to South and Central Kalimantan. People often welcome workers who come into their villages with the knowledge of organic farming. Then, workers are able to build relationships with the people and share the gospel with them.
YPI has set the following objectives for the organic farming project. 1) Create a bridge of evangelism into those hard to reach communities in Kalimantan. 2) Help to improve the local economy. 3) Equip workers to sustain themselves with the organic farming skill. 4) Promote health for people through consuming organically grown vegetable and fish.
Your gifts will fund the setup of the organic farm for the field workers to operate.
Worker Profile: Hengky Yohanis
Name: Hengky Yohanis
Daugther: Agatha (16 years old)
Son: Joynicholl (12 years old)
Partner Ministry: Yayasan Pinto Indonesia
Recently, Hengky Yohanis, leader of our partner in Indonesia, passed away. His passing has left a large hole in the ministry. Hengky was the director of Yayasan Pinto Indonesia (YPI) and also the principal of YPI’s STT Petra Seminary. As an ordained pastor, Hengky was often invited to speak at the churches. He and his wife Meifa were both professors at the STT Petra Seminary. The seminary’s mission is to raise workers for the ministry in Indonesia. Its curriculum is unique as it incorporates Community Development training and sustainability skill to enable students to support themselves when they are sent out to the ministry fields. Brother Hengky was passionate with the Mission of God in Indonesia. He felt a burden to reach out and help those who are in spiritual and physical needs. His vision for the ministry was to equip young Indonesian Christian workers to serve in the challenging and difficult context of Borneo, and to instill in them the love of Christ to reach out to the neglected unreached groups in Indonesia. It is a vision that the ministry of Yayasan Pinto will continue with an unrelenting passion. We pray that God raises up an incredible leader to fill Hengky’s position.