04/03/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – In the middle of 2021, Malaki Aritonang and his wife founded the Garis Depan ministry in the town of Gunang Tua, a rural village about 10 hours drive from the nearest big city in North Sumatra.
The name Garis Depan is Indonesian and translates to “Front Line” in English. Malaki and her family are on the front lines of feeding and supporting rural believers.
The inhabitants of the area are mainly workers from a local oil palm plantation. Due to the village’s rural location and being in a predominantly Muslim area, it is difficult for the small population of Christians to access Bibles in their language.
Malaki estimates that there are about 60 Christians in the area without access to Bibles, and he decided to contact International Christian Concern (ICC) through the ICC representative in Indonesia to request Bibles for these Christians.
Now Malaki and his ministry, Garis Depan, have received 60 Bibles provided by ICC, and he has been able to distribute them to local Christians and the local church.
Malaki told the ICC, “Shalom, ICC. We are very grateful for the prayer and support of the ICC team in purchasing Bibles for the PALUTA region, North Sumatra. We are very grateful for this help because people here now have Bibles. We believe that people who have received these Bibles can now grow in the knowledge of God and the Truth so that they can become disciples of Christ. May God bless ICC even more in carrying the great message of Jesus Christ.
Additionally, one of the Bible recipients also expressed gratitude for ICC’s assistance, stating in a video sent to ICC, “My name is Martin Dermawan Hulu. Thank you, ICC, for the Bibles you have given us. I speak on behalf of the young people in our church and say thank you. We didn’t have Bibles before, but now we can read the word of God because ICC gave it to us. Thank you, CIC.
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