Photo Essay – Sumatra, Indonesia

a Pioneer in Southeast Asia

Known in ancient times as Swarnabhumi, “Land of Gold,” Sumatra has a wealth of history and is rich in tradition. It is the largest island that is entirely Indonesian and hosts a Muslim-majority population. I traveled there to this creative-access location to gather advocacy resources.

Stepping off the plane in Sumatra my brain-to-eyeball connection briefly short circuited. All of the signs I saw used roman characters, but the combinations were entirely unfamiliar! Having come from my home base in a nearby Asian country, it was both refreshing and confusing. Soon I would be mangling Indonesian words from both inexperience and tonal rules.

Language failings aside, my enthusiasm to discover more of how the Lord is at work in Sumatra was met with equal enthusiasm by my host family. In the days that followed, I found a tension between the bold advance of the gospel and the desperate spiritual needs that still exist. The story isn’t finished.

Enjoy these cultural excerpts from Sumatra and get in touch with Pioneers to see how you can be part of the next chapter!


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