- A FERTILE FIELD FOR THE GOSPEL
"Do you not say, 'There are
yet four months, then comes the harvest'?
I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are already white
for harvest. He who reaps receives
wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that sower
and reaper may rejoice together.
Thank God for His wonderful
arrangement and guidance. On April
18-May 5, 1985, 1 was able to visit a few churches in Indonesia and
participate in the holy work. According to
the initial International Assembly plans, I was scheduled to work in Indonesia for
two months. Owing to the abundance of
divine work in the United States,
and also my wife's poor health, my stay in Indonesia had to be shortened to
only 18 days. Within this short period,
what I learned and experienced, was something I will never forget as long as I
The sincere love of the ministers,
brothers and sisters deeply moved me. On my arrival at the JakartaAirport,
we were met by over 50 church members. More
than 20 of them had to drive for about four hours to come to greet us. They waited patiently, enduring hunger,
because our plane was delayed for three and a half hours. The love of the churches was indeed
remarkable. During the Spiritual
Convocations and Evangelical Services, many members sacrificed their time and
effort in order to study the Truth, pursue spiritual grace, and serve the
brothers and sisters, and seekers of the Truth.
Many showed their concern for the divine work in Africa
by making generous offerings. The
fellow-workers of the Indonesian General Assembly did their utmost to
help. The Church Board members and
ministers of different churches also assisted with all their might. The holy work was thus able to run smoothly,
and was greatly blessed by God.
During the first eight days, a
short-term Theological Seminar was held in Jakarta.
Ten to twelve students attended.
They rose at 5:30 a.m. each morning.
At 6:00 a.m., morning prayer session began,
followed by three lecture classes. In
the afternoon, two lecture classes and a prayer session were held. In the evenings, after the church service,
there was an hour-long workshop. The
themes of the studies included: Doctrinal Problems, Spiritual Leadership,
Imitation of Christ, Standing Strong in the Tide,
Church Pasturing and Evangelism, Preparation for Preaching. During the prayer sessions, the students
learned how a minister should invigorate his life of prayer from the prayer
examples in the Bible to become men of prayer.
I treasure the precious experience of studying with these young
theological students. We learned with an
attitude of reverence and humility, and prayed with one accord. The prayers offered each day were profound
and long, thus the Holy Spirit worked among us.
Spiritual Convocations and
Evangelical Services were held in our churches in the cities of Banjarmasin, Cianjur,
Bandung, and Jakarta during my last ten days in Indonesia. Even though they were informed only a week or
two prior to my arrival, the members of every church worked zealously to
distribute gospel tracts, witness for the Lord and offered earnest
prayers. Therefore, God blessed the
Spiritual Convocation and Evangelical Services abundantly.
The total attendance of believers
and truth seekers at Banjarmasin Cianjur
and Bandung Evangelical Services were between two to
three hundred. The Chapel was crowded, many had to stand outside or in the corridors. During the Evangelical Convocation in Jakarta, the participants
were about 550-600. The Chapel passage
way and empty spaces were all occupied due to the multitude of truth-seekers
that came. A strong desire to pray
prevailed in all the Spiritual and Evangelical Convocations. Those who wanted to pray for the infilling of
the Holy Spirit and the grace of God were all rushing forward. There was not enough room for all of them
even though many rows of pews had been removed.
They prayed with importunity even for a period of 50 minutes, and the
Holy Spirit descended mightily. During
one prayer session, there were 19 people who received the Holy Spirit, 10
experienced visions. Many repented
bitterly. God opened up the door of
grace, for some who had not been participating in the church services for a
long time, they too received the Holy Spirit, and their faith was revived. During this missionary trip to Indonesia, a
total of 88 were baptized, 114 received the Holy Spirit, 77 visions were seen
glory light, angels, Jesus being crucified on the cross, water turned into
blood during baptism. Everyone felt extremely
joyous, and was filled with gratitude toward God, praising and glorifying
Him. During the Holy Communion
Sacraments in various churches, many brothers and sisters were moved to tears
by the love of the Lord Jesus. At the
last farewell, everyone shed tears and were unwilling
to part from each other.
About one hundred brothers and
sisters came to the airport to see me off.
Thirty of them came specially, driving for four hours. I was not worthy to receive this kind of love
from them. Recalling my past, what a
great sinner I was, and today I am able to participate in the divine work,
great indeed is the Lord's love. How can
I repay Him? (I Tim 1: 13-16; 1 Cor 15: 10).
May the Lord sustain the work of
the Indonesian churches, and greatly bless the believers. May the door of salvation be opened wide in
every corner in Indonesia,
enabling the churches to be fishers of men. Indonesia is indeed a piece of
fertile field for the gospel. We pray
that the Lord will choose many faithful servants who will work with one accord,
diligently sow and water, so that the harvest of a hundred fold can be reaped.