Maibrat is the home of Mrs Martinc. It’s a village near a mostly dry bed lake. In that village lives Mrs Martinc. She is from this tribe. Several years ago when she learned that the Sabbath of the Bible originates from Creation and is kept by many of God’s people even today. . . she became convicted she must help bring the Seventh-day movement of truth to her people. She build the pictured home on her family land. Then she learned about some student missionaries who would come and help her. So they came for 1 year but it was hard to establish any long term work in just 10 months that they lived with her. Beside her house is a large tract of land that she would like to have for a church and a school.
When I showed a mission report of a simple jungle chapel that we built in Hobotonggo, “Mamma Martinc” as she is affectionately called by all, came straight to the point with me. “Pastor, we have to build this type of church in my village.”
After a long conversation it was agreed that Pastor Ted Wendewani, President of West Papua Mission, and myself with “Mamma Martinc” and the local Pastor would go see this project for ourselves. What we discovered is a village with a nearby 1,400 meter runway that could easily help us access her fairly remote area. After listening to her appeal I challenged her to keep going with witnessing. We usually don’t build churches until after a nucleus of at least 10 members has been formed and it is deemed that they aren’t just transit members who will soon move somewhere else. Furthermore, we’d like to see these 10 or more members being a real shining light into the community.
“Mamma Martinc” replied with tears in her eyes in the most sincere cry, “Pastor I need help for how to do that!” I wondered in my heart how many others like “Mamma Martinc” need a basic knowledge of what to do to be the feet and hands of the gospel in their area? I’m feeling a little stretched because no matter how many seminaries and disciples we try to teach the simple art of being Jesus to others it seems there are not enough of us showing the love of Jesus. No matter how many times I seek to teach others how to look for souls there are still many who crave to know more. “O Lord teach your sheep how to be sharers of this wonderful Gospel.”
Please, pray that “Mamma Martinc” will be able to find 10 others through practical ways. May she be inspired to visit others and invite them to simple worships in her simple home.
I, by faith, believe that within a year from now “Mamma Martinc” will have found at least 10 disciples of the Way of Jesus who will join her. Because of that I’ve given a small donation to help her flatten the land she is donating to the mission for a Church and Church School. I am also praying that readers like you will donate for a “Jungle Chapel and Jungle School”. The school will probably be the single most effective way of reaching the perceived needs of the community. There is little education in far places like Maibrat because teachers don’t like to live in far places. But by faith I believe God will give us a teacher or 2 also and the books and supplies to teach with
Mamma Martinc with her son and grand-daughter. The son and grand-daughter live 2 hours away.
To Donate for this and other Jungle Chapels and Schools, clinics and Pastors houses:
In the USA: Send checks C/O
Battlefield Community Church of SDA
PO Box 5306
Ft. Oglethorpe, GA 30741
Please be sure to write “Papua Mission Evangelism Jungle churches” on your check so the treasurer will know where to direct your funds.
By Credit Card or Debit Card:
www.battlefieldadventist.org click “Online Giving” and then fill out your online donation envelope. Make sure you direct the funds to Papua Mission Evangelism
In Indonesia: Make bank transfers to:
Atas Nama: Darron Eugene Boyd, Chandra Ganna
No. Rekening: 1540011873761