EVERY INDONESIAN has to choose one of six religions by law: Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism, Hinduism, Buddhism or Confucianism. Most children who enter New Hope are Catholic or Protestant. Many of these children identify with their religion by name only. They’ve never been to church, heard teaching or even seen a Bible. Their concept of religion is often distorted by their animistic backgrounds.
One of the things we enjoy most here in New Hope Ministries is our weekly ‘Komsel’. This is a group of twelve teenagers and young adults coming together to read and discuss the Bible and to talk, share and pray about what they’ve read and about daily life as a Christian young person. Together they search for the Truth! It is amazing to see how much they enjoy it. They could finish in an hour but they often continue even after two hours.
They learn that being Protestant or Catholic is meaningless unless they know Jesus. Knowing Jesus is truly changing and transforming these young lives.
Jan Willem and Marlinde Tamminga moved to West Kalimantan, Indonesia in January 2009. They were the operation managers of New Hope Ministries in Sanggau, West-Kalimantan, Indonesia until their return back to the Netherlands in July 2015. They have three beautiful children; Anna-lynn, Yanoah and Sifra.