Siborna Village, North Sumatra

January 21-27, 2020

Recently, MTM had an invitation to facilitate a youth conference in a region of Indonesia that is in close proximity to where the Burkholder’s had lived for 6 months while serving as house parents & spiritual leaders with CAM in the tsunami rebuilding project back in 2006-2007. Back in the day we had lived and worked in Aceh on Sumatra island which is primarily an Islamic region since Indonesia is the largest Islamic population nation on the face of the planet. 

Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world with 90% Being Islam

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It was while we lived in Aceh with the Acehnese people that God imparted a huge burden on my heart for the Muslim people of the world. So much so that as of today I have developed a complete series on teaching for the Christian Church in motivating them to reach their own Islamic people for Jesus Christ. This teaching is taken from the Scriptures in the book of Genesis and is entitled “The Cry of Ishmael”. Presently, MTM continues to receive requests from Islamic regions of the world to come and help the Christian church in those regions through this teaching to encourage their people in Islamic outreach for Jesus Christ. Blessed be God!

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But to my dismay upon our arrival in North Sumatra province of Sumatra (which borders the Province of Aceh), a heavily Christian churched region of Indonesia, with Christian churches abounding most everywhere, the Bataknese people of this region who have had the Gospel of Jesus Christ for more than 100 years surrounded on all sides with Muslim lost souls & Muslim prayer calls abounding, 5 times a day. IT CERTAINLY APPEARS TO ME THERE IS LITTLE BURDEN TO BRING LIVING WATER TO THE CRYING OF ISHMAEL!

The entire group of youth and some church leaders. L-R, Stephen Burkholder, Raymond & Naomi, Josh Slabaugh, Bro. Richard, and Clinton Weaver.

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Nevertheless, it is in this context that MTM conducted a youth conference in inspiring these churched youth to Know Jesus Christ & to Make Him Known Unto their Own People. Perhaps the highlight of the conference was when approximately 10 of the conference attendee’s youth responded to give their hearts to Jesus Christ in a rebirth experience in the Living Water of Christ FIRST coming unto them. Blessed Be God! One soul coming to Jesus Christ makes it all worthwhile. 

Editor’s Note: The above article was written by Raymond Burkholder, director of Macedonian Teaching Ministries. Raymond, along with his wife Naomi, have been serving with MTM for more than 10 years. They spend much of their time in Asia, their home base is in Thailand, but they do spend a lot of time in other Asian countries. May God richly bless you, Raymond & Naomi, as you continue to serve and lead in the ministry of MTM. 

A special Thank You to all who support this ministry, financially and prayerfully. 

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