God's Kingdom to the SUNGAI

By a member of the Sungai team

In 1525, two momentous events took place involving two people groups from opposite ends of the globe. In Switzerland, the leaders of my people decided to leave a false, dead religion and follow God according to the Bible. This decision started the Anabaptist movement, passing down the Word of God to following generations in tangible expressions of faith.

In Indonesia, the leaders of Sungai,* a people group of about a quarter of a million people, mostly farmers and fishermen, decided to transition from the dead religion of Hinduism to the dead religion of Islam. Islam gained a strong foothold among the Sungai people that persists to this day.

Now 493 years later, God is working to bring these two people groups together. God is using a group from the Anabaptist people to bring His Kingdom to the Sungai. We are hoping to translate God's Word into the heart language of the Sungai. Just as God used the Bible among our people, we long to see Him use His Word to establish a group of Christ followers among the Sungai.

Two families have just finished the last phase of training at the ABT base. Here are some of the steps our team has taken in preparation, and several steps we plan to take in the next few years to bring His Word to the Sungai.

Steps already taken:

  • Linguistic training
  • Hebrew and Greek studies
  • Missions training
  • Solar technology training
  • Medical training
  • Microfinance program training
  • Steps to take:

  • Moving to Indonesia
  • Language learning
  • The first year, we plan to concentrate on learning Indonesian, the national language.
  • After that, we hope to study the local Sungai language.
  • We see this venture as a joint effort of many of God’s children. We cannot do this by ourselves. Many in our home churches are involved in logistical and prayer support. We hope that others will gain a vision to pray with us for God's Kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Sungai people, just as it is in Heaven.

    *Sungai is a code name


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  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9, 10