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‘A Tour to Take the Ravel out of Travel’
Tour members are introduced to the work ofand provide an opportunity to meet and participate in activities with some of the children.
This tour allows you to see the REAL Indonesia; living amongst the very poor families in villages near Malang, East Java.
I first met Petrus in February 1992. He and his wife Sri were on a short visit to Australia and came to my house with George and Ruth Ashworth for dinner. Some friends and I had a most informative evening, looking at some of the work ofin Malang, Indonesia and hearing from Petrus himself. My family and I had corresponded with him for many years through our sponsorship of a student under the sponsorship plan.
Petrus is an extremely warm and sincere Indonesian Christian. He has a wonderfully infectious smile, bright twinkling eyes and a friendly approach which radiates with the love of Jesus, to whom Petrus is completely dedicated. In his vision of, as in everything, Petrus has this magnificent faith that God will provide their every need.
Far reaching are his never ending efforts to make life better for as many needy children as the sponsorship money will allow. Following the death of Rev. Arthur Wilkinson in October 1986, Rev. George Ashworth became the one to see that the support of Australian Christians forcontinued. Early in 1994, George passed this task on to me.......
Petrus was born on 2 September 1940, in Surabaya on the island of Java. Although his parents were not Christians they sent him to a Christian school. It was here Petrus gave his life to the Lord. In his teen years, Petrus developed a concern for the well-being of his fellow Indonesians. He was especially concerned for those living in poverty and in crowded villages surrounding the city of Malang, East Java.
What contribution could Petrus make to alleviate the problems of these people? “What is the best way for me to share Jesus with my countymen?” became the main thoughts of his prayer life.
Serve as a doctor
The more he prayed the more he was convinced that God wanted him to become a doctor. In this way, as well as bringing physical healing, he could share the love of the Lord Jesus and His spiritual healing.
His wife, Sri
About this time he married Sri. They had been in Senior High School together and now they have two lovely daughters, two sons-in-law and, at this time, two grandchildren whom they adore. Sri supports the work prayerfully and practically.
The Sponsors’ Plan
Petrus came in contact with some other like-minded Indonesian Christians who met together to pray and seek God’s will in the matter. They named their committee ‘Yayasan Badan Pendidekan Kristen Setia’ - in English. This was 1978.
From the very beginning their object was the evangelisation, education and economic improvement of village families living in poverty around Malang. Soon after, Petrus began writing to Christians in Australia - one of them being the Rev. Arthur Wilkins, Baptist minister from Geelong. Arthur encouraged Petrus and his committee in their work.
Petrus has been very involved with Christian Schools and Sunday School communities. He is now also working with isolated, rural pastors who need much encouragement to build up their church communities. It is through pastors and their helpers that the needs of families become known to Petrus and the continuity of our support and knowledge of the families’ welfare is conducted through them. It means that the families can have a sense of security as far as the childrens’ wellbeing is concerned.
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