17,500 Islands

January 15, 2012

Dr. Oliphint Teaching and Preaching in Jakarta, Indonesia

The nation of Indonesia is spread out across 17,500 islands, and Rev. Dr. K. Scott Oliphint, professor of apologetics and systematic theology, has been invited to speak on one of those islands.  He will be teaching at The International Reformed Evangelical Seminary in Jakarta, Indonesia from January 16th to the 26th.  He will also be preaching twice at the Reformed Evangelical Church, where Dr. Stephen Tong teaches.  He will be teaching a course on the Doctrine of God, as well as a course on the Principles of Christian Apologetics.

Pray for the work of Stephen Tong and the International Reformed Evangelical Seminary in Jakarta. 

Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world by population, and over 80% of the people are Muslim.  Over the last 50 years, the evangelical church has grown tenfold, from 1.3 million people to 13 million.  However, there is a great challenge there to reach the vast country.  With over 17,500 islands strewn over nearly 10 million square miles of ocean, there are 722 languages and even more ethic groups and religious expressions.  Also, the Church faces persecution there from militant Islamicists.  The challenge is great, but it is Westminster's prayer that many would come to know Christ in the country of Indonesia, and that God would continue to bless the work of the men and women working for the Kingdom there.

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