A new task force began ministering with Team Sumatra in May. Team Sumatra is a group of five professionals who are planting churches in Indonesia. “They are not a mission agency or a parachurch organization, but simply a small group of Christians seeking to facilitate church planting,” says Chris Hindal, director of GARBC International Ministries, in the 2009 Baptist Bulletin article “Where in the World Is Sumatra?” “Their vision is to plant an independent fundamental Baptist church in every town in Sumatra.”
Currently 98 out of 151 cities in Sumatra do not have Baptist churches. The team wants to plant churches in at least 15 cities by 2020.
Rumah Sakit Imanuel says the team has good opportunities to plant churches, but funds are limited and government regulations are increasingly burdensome. He says, “Pray for God’s will to be done in Sumatra as it is in Heaven.”