It all started when my friend and I were longing to do something that can bring about changes in Papua. There are many ideas but there are many challenges and political issues that we must consider as well.
Before I go any further, I would like explain little bit about the background of Papua, Indonesia.
We planned just for an event but God makes a movement.
Sadly, although the eastern islands of Indonesia are the so called “christian pouches”, according to most Indonesians, they are the places where the highest problems of alcohol, drugs, divorce and AIDS exist. Papua province is known as the highest percentage of people with AIDS in Indonesia. And it has been a mockery in Indonesia that if we want to find people knocked out by alcohol in the ditch on Sunday morning, we just go to Papua, to Jayapura city, the capital of Papua. There are young people living under the bridges and on the streets. They sniff glue and do all sort of bad things. They live without a purpose and a future. And yes, most of them call themselves Christians, they would fight and even die if someone from another religion mocked the name of Jesus but they do not fight to live for Him.
Out of this sad and tragic condition of Christianity in Papua, we are longing that a revival and a transformation would happen in Papua.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Surprisingly, there were not many churches that backed the idea of revival on the streets. Some pastors of big churches were not interested of working towards such an event. But one small lady with a very small church, located in a wet market selling fresh meat and produce, believed this was a work of God. The lady’s name is Pastor Naomi Selan. She brought along another pastor from another church to help, she also found a group of Catholics who were willing to help.
We work in programs, but God works in and through people.
We were trying to make an event but God prepared a movement. The event of revival nights we had in Papua were arranged by Sigit and brought to reality by Pastor Naomi Selan and her troops rescued from the streets and night life. We were having a revival night with the help of young people with tattoos and body piercings who were actually praying and doing everything they can to bring people on the streets of Jayapura into salvation. Poor children ministered to by Pastor Naomi Selan and the church also gathered for the event.
On the first night of the event, a challenge was made for all those who wanted to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior and repent from their sins. There were many passersby on the streets that decided to receive Jesus as their savior and others renewed their commitment to the Lord.