Ekballo June Report 2018

Ekballo June Report 2018

Location: Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia

Page Used: facebook.com/healing4thenations

Media Used: “Kontemplasi Surga” (Comic Strip)

June ’18 Stats:

In June, we spread the gospel to Surabaya and East Java, Indonesia. Due to the recent bombings in Surabaya we decided to broadcast a comic strip that explains Christian’s view of hating sin, but loving the sinner. This has been an appropriate time to engage as many people who were affected by these bombings are grieving and most likely angry. By explaining the concept of hating sin and loving the sinner we can open the door further to the hope that Christ offers all people through Salvation.

Indonesian City

Check out the results from this most recent campaign below:

Reached: 107,999 [Total Individuals Reached]

This category is the total number of individuals who saw the ad at least once. ‘Reached’ is different from impressions, which may include multiple views of the ad by the same people.

Considered: 23,536 [People taking Action]

Those who considered the message that we put in front of them. This includes the number of individuals that have either watched at least 3 seconds of the video or clicked on something as a result of our Facebook ad, such as liking the post, liking a page, visiting an external website attached to the ad, enlarging the ad, etc.

Strongly Engaged: 12,622 [25% Video Engagement]

No mystery here – the individuals who ‘strongly engaged’ watched at least 25% of the video content. These viewers most likely browsed through the comments section, where they could have seen gospel-centered dialogue.

Fully Engaged: 4,264 [95%+ Video Engagement]

These individuals watched 95% of the message, most likely browsed through the comments section and saw gospel truth. They hear the full-gospel message from start to finish! A few of them may have also engaged in one-on-one messenger conversations with us, and initiated dialogue or asked questions in the comments section.

BUDGET: $50.00

$50.00 / 4,264 Fully Engaged Youth = $0.011 (that’s 1 cents!) per soul to hear this Gospel Testimony!

Indonesia 9th CAMPAIGN RESULTS: 4,264 youth heard the full gospel (fully engaged).

Stories from the Field

In this campaign, we used different content than our previous campaigns. Instead of using the four minute video, we created a slide show of comic strips portraying Jesus explaining the real meaning of heaven and the concept of hating sin but loving the sinners, in the case of Surabaya; the terrorist bombers.

We hope this approach would give us a chance to pronounce the true meaning of Christianity; spreading Christ’s grace and love to all the earth. 

The Surabaya Bombings

The 2018 Surabaya bombings were a series of terrorist attacks that began on May 13th, 2018. The first few bombings took place in three churches in Surabaya; Immaculate Saint Mary Catholic Church (Gereja Katolik Santa Maria Tak Bercela, SMTB), Indonesia Christian Church (Gereja Kristen Indonesia, GKI), and Surabaya Central Pentecost Church (Gereja Pantekosta Pusat Surabaya, GPPS).

Days later the bombings continued with a fourth bombing occurring in an apartment complex located south of Surabaya. The explosion happened when the terrorists prematurely set off the bombs inside the room, killing three of the bombers as well as injuring two children and a teenager. A fifth bombing occurred the next day at the Surabaya Police Headquarters (Mapolrestabes Surabaya). Two perpetrators detonated their devices while they were being checked by the police at the entrance.

As of June 1st 2018, 28 casualties were recorded including the suicide bombers. Around 50 others were injured; several were in critical condition. The bombings were regarded as one of the most sophisticated and complex terror attacks in Indonesia. It was also the first of its kind in Indonesian history in which children as young as nine years old participated. These attacks are considered the deadliest terrorist attacks in Indonesia since the 2002 Bali bombings.

As we continue to spread the gospel in these areas we are reminded of the tragedies that these people are experiencing. We keep all of the victims and their relatives in prayer, as we spread the hope and love of Christ throughout the country of Indonesia.

Now, It’s Your Turn

Now, we turn to you, brothers and sisters: Do you have experience in cross-cultural conversations? Do you have cross-cultural language skills? Are you interested in responding to gospel-centered conversations to another country? Do you have any advice for us?

We welcome additional voices into these conversations! Help us take Ekballo University internet missions to a new level, and send us your input today! Email Trip@Ekballouniversity.com.

Thank you!

Trip & team

Ekballo May Report 2018

Ekballo May Report 2018

Location: Nusa Tenggara, North Sulawesi and Maluku

Page Used: facebook.com/healing4thenations

Media Used: “Apakah Anda Seorang yang Baik?” (Comic Strip)

May ’18 Stats:

In April, we spread the gospel in East Java, West, South, Southeast and Central Sulawesi. This month, we focused on another five provinces in Indonesia; Nusa Tenggara Barat, Nusa Tenggara Timur, North Maluku, Maluku Archipelago, and North Sulawesi. This has been an exciting country to engage because we’re engaging these people in their own language. By using contextual resources translated into the local language, people are getting the gospel with stories and concepts that are familiar to their own culture, making it more applicable and easier to understand. The following are brief demographic explanations of our targeted regions.

The chart below was made using data gathered by the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project.

Nusa Tenggara (East and West Regions)

Komodo Island, NTT

East Nusa Tenggara (Indonesian: Nusa Tenggara Timur – NTT) is the southernmost province of Indonesia. It is located on the eastern part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. The provincial capital is Kupang on West Timor. The province consists of more than 500 islands, the three largest being Flores, Sumba, and West Timor. All of these areas combined constitute a population of over five million people.

West Nusa Tenggara (Indonesian: Nusa Tenggara Barat – NTB) comprises of the western portion of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the exception of Bali which is its own province. Mataram, on Lombok, is the capital and the largest city of this province. The two largest islands in the province are Lombok in the west and the larger Sumbawa island in the east. With all of these largely inhabited islands combined this province also has a population of over five million people.

Both of these provinces create a vast window of opportunity to spread the gospel through the internet. Having a combined population of around ten million people, opens the door for the Gospel to be spread through people’s smart phones, and computers.

North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi (Indonesian: Sulawesi Utara) is located on the northern peninsula of the island of Sulawesi. This region has a history of being predominately Christian, one of the few areas of Indonesia that did not adhere mainly to the Islamic faith. This is largely due to active Dutch missionaries who spread the gospel on foot in the colonial era. However, due to the region of Gorontalo to the west, a mainly Muslim region, Christianity has dwindled in this area. Currently leaving the only synagogue in Indonesia located in Manado. Though Christianity dwindles in this region, there is still hope that we may be able to reach those who have never heard the Gospel by using social media, something commonly used by Indonesian youth. 

Maluku

Maluku

Maluku (English: Moluccas) is a province of Indonesia. It comprises the central and southern regions of the Maluku Islands. The main city and capital of Maluku province is Ambon on the small Ambon Island.  The province has a population of around a million people with more than half of the people identifying as Muslim. This is another huge opportunity for us to reach out to the people of Indonesia on a wide scale, giving the gospel through their smart phones and computers.

Check out the results from our most recent campaign below:

Reached: 284,007 [Total Individuals Reached]

This category is the total number of individuals who saw the ad at least once. ‘Reached’ is different from impressions, which may include multiple views of the ad by the same people.

Considered: 55,840 [People Taking Action]

Those who considered the message that we put in front of them. This includes the number of individuals that have either watched at least 3 seconds of the video or clicked on something as a result of our Facebook ad, such as liking the post, liking a page, visiting an external website attached to the ad, enlarging the ad, etc.

Strongly Engaged: 27,917 [25% Video Engagement]

No mystery here – the individuals who ‘strongly engaged’ watched at least 25% of the video content. These viewers most likely browsed through the comments section, where they could have seen gospel-centered dialogue.

Fully Engaged: 7,807 [95%+ Video Engagement]

These individuals watched 95% of the message, most likely browsed through the comments section and saw gospel truth. They hear the full-gospel message from start to finish! This is quite amazing, considering that this video is almost 6 minutes length! A few of them may have also engaged in one-on-one messenger conversations with us, and initiated dialogue or asked questions in the comments section.

BUDGET: $100.00

$100.00 / 7,807 Fully Engaged Youth = $0.013 (that’s 1 cents!) per soul to hear this Gospel Testimony!

Indonesia 8th Campaign Results: 7,807 youth heard the full gospel!

Stories from the Field

In this campaign, we used different content. Instead of using the four minute video, that we used in our previous campaigns we created a slide show of comic strips about the gospel and how our actions alone are not enough to give us salvation.

We hoped this approach would give us a different results, as we launched this campaign in the Ramadan, the holy month for Muslims. Discussing this topic in this month is perfect timing, because Muslims are fasting in hopes of gaining salvation and a ticket to heaven. Some people throughout the campaign related the content to their fasting activity. This was a great opportunity for us to explain that Jesus is the only way to salvation, instead of their actions, such as fasting and donating. 

Current Condition in the Field: Spreading the Awareness of the Gospel

Similar to our previous approaches, we replied to the comments and questions in the comments section, and most of them led to debates of doctrine. We hope to reach more people in direct message rather than just interacting in the comments of our post, so we can spread the gospel on a more personal and effective level. We are contacting the local missions organizations in Indonesia to see which approach is better to spread the Gospel through our Facebook page.

We realize that we are on the stage of building an awareness among Muslim youth in Indonesia, specifically in our targeted regions every month. By spreading the seeds of God’s word, we are trying to expose as many as possible to the Gospel. Our ultimate goal is to reach the one who has never been touched by the Good News before. We hope that the initial exposure of the Gospel will open a chance of personal experience and engagement to Jesus Christ, and finally lead to the repentance.

We pray for scale, that seed of truth may spread, and we pray that the Holy Spirit, may overcome the lies that lay hold on people’s hearts and minds, in these regions.

Now, It’s Your Turn

Now, we turn to you, brothers and sisters: Do you have experience in cross-cultural conversations? Do you have cross-cultural language skills? Are you interested in responding to gospel-centered conversations to another country? Do you have any advice for us?

We welcome additional voices into these conversations! Help us take Ekballo University internet missions to a new level, and send us your input today! Email Trip@Ekballouniversity.com.

Thank you!

Trip & Team

Ekballo April Report 2018

Ekballo April Report 2018

Location: East Java, West, South, Southeast and Central Sulawesi

Page Used: facebook.com/healing4thenations

Media Used: “Kisah” (English: The Story)

April ’18 Stats:

In this month, we again took our gospel campaign to Indonesia, a predominately Muslim country where we will continue to focus our attention over the coming months in 2018. Last month, we spread the gospel in Yogyakarta, Central Java, East Kalimantan and South Kalimantan, which was our 6th campaign in Indonesia. During our April campaign we decided to move our location to 5 different provinces; East Java, West, South, Southeast and Central Sulawesi. These regions are approximately over 80% Muslim.

This has been an exciting country to engage because we’re using contextual resources translated into the local language. People are getting the gospel in their heart language, with stories and concepts that are familiar to their own culture! The following is a brief demographic explanation of the targeted regions.

The chart below was made using data gathered by the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project.

East Java

Surabaya City Center, East Java

East Java, including the island of Madura, which is connected to Java by the longest bridge in Indonesia, the Suramadu Bridge. Its capital is Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia as well as a major industrial center. East Java also houses the largest regency in East Java, Banyuwangi, making it Indonesia’s second-most-populous province. The major religion in this province, like most, is Islam with a following of over 90% of the population.

Sulawesi Island

Sulawesi Island

Sulawesi, formerly known as Celebes, is situated east of Borneo, west of the Maluku Islands, and south of Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. Islam is the majority religion in Sulawesi. Christianity remains a minority on the island as Christians concentrate on the northernmost Sangir and Talaud Islands and on the tip of the northern peninsula around the city of Manado, as well as some central areas of Sulawesi.

The city of Manado is inhabited by the Minahasa, a mainly Protestant people, making Christianity a more prevalent religion than in most regions of Indonesia. Though a minority, Christianity is also present in Tana Toaja in Central Sulawesi, as many of the people converted to Christianity with Indonesia’s independence in 1945. There is also a substantial number of Christians around Lake Poso in Central Sulawesi, among the Pamona speaking peoples of Central Sulawesi, and near Mamasa. 

Check out the results from this most recent campaign below:

Reached: 294,524 [Total Individuals Reached]

This category is the total number of individuals who saw the ad at least once. ‘Reached’ is different from impressions, which may include multiple views of the ad by the same people.

Considered: 67,104 [People taking Action]

Those who considered the message that we put in front of them. This includes the number of individuals that have either watched at least 3 seconds of the video or clicked on something as a result of our Facebook ad, such as liking the post, liking a page, visiting an external website attached to the ad, enlarging the ad, etc.

Strongly Engaged: 8,293 [25% Video Engagement]

No mystery here – the individuals who ‘strongly engaged’ watched at least 25% of the video content. These viewers most likely browsed through the comments section, where they could have seen gospel-centered dialogue.

Fully Engaged: 1,850 [95%+ Video Engagement]

These individuals watched 95% of the message, most likely browsed through the comments section and saw gospel truth. They hear the full-gospel message from start to finish! This is quite amazing, considering that this video is almost 6 minutes long! A few of them may have also engaged in one-on-one messenger conversations with us, and initiated dialogue or asked questions in the comments section.

BUDGET: $100.00

$100.00 / 1,850 Fully Engaged Youth = $0.054 (that’s 5 cents!) per soul to hear this Gospel Testimony!

Indonesia 7th Campaign Results: 1,850 youth heard the full gospel!

Stories from the Field

Out of 1.8 billion Muslims, 250+ millions of them live in the islands. In the past, Islam came to the islands through trade – not through war. It’s a very different kind of Islam here in Indonesia. Unlike the Middle East, local cultures are as varied as the people groups with over 700 of them! There are at least 130 unreached (ie. people groups engaged with workers, but the number of followers are still less than 2% population of that people group), and 30 unengaged people groups (ie. no workers at all; or workers who have worked there have disengaged) in Indonesia.

We are engaging to four different people clusters (those with similar language, culture and religion), similar to our previous campaigns. The first is the province of East Java, second-most-populous province in Indonesia with 96+% of Muslim population. The second to five regions in Sulawesi Island. Even though two of the most important cities in this island (Manado and Makassar) have a relatively bigger portion of Christians than most of the other part of Indonesia, they often subscribe to local beliefs and deities as well. It is not uncommon for both groups to make offerings to local gods, goddesses, and spirits

Now all of these people clusters have something in common. Throughout the cities and villages they have access to 2G/3G connections, especially the youth and young adults!

 

Current Condition in the Field: Spreading the awareness of the Gospel

This month’s campaign had similar questions and objections to Christianity as was shared in last month’s report. Observing this month’s campaign, similar questions were being asked as was in previous campaigns. This months questions and objections, like last month, were topics such as; the objection that Bible has been corrupted; God is one – not three; Jesus is not the Son of God; and finally, the question about how Jesus never stated that He is Lord and ordered to worship Him.

Our campaigns are in the beginning stages of building awareness of the Gospel among Muslim youth in Indonesia, specifically in our monthly targeted regions. By spreading the seeds of God’s word, we hope to expose as many as possible to the Gospel in and effort to reach those who have never heard of the good news of Jesus Christ. Our goal is that the initial exposure of the Gospel will open a chance of personal experience and engagement to Jesus Christ, and finally lead to repentance.

We pray for scale, that the seed of truth may spread, and we pray that Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, may overcome the lies that lay hold on people’s hearts and minds, in East Java and Sulawesi Island.

Now It’s Your Turn!

Now, we turn to you, brothers and sisters: Do you have experience in cross-cultural conversations? Do you have cross-cultural language skills? Are you interested in responding to gospel-centered conversations to another country? Do you have any advice for us?

We welcome additional voices into these conversations! Help us take Ekballo University internet missions to a new level, and send us your input today! Email Trip@Ekballouniversity.com.

Thank you!

Trip & team

Ekballo March Report 2018

Ekballo March Report 2018

Location: Yogyakarta, Central Java, East Kalimantan and South Kalimantan

Page Used: facebook.com/healing4thenations

Media Used: “Kisah” (English: The Story)

 

March ’18 Stats:

In the month of February, we focused our attention on Indonesia, where our gospel campaign will be for the coming months. Last month we focused on Jakarta as well as various other places. This month, we moved our campaign to various other parts of Indonesia such as the Special Region of Yogyakarta, Central Java, and East and South Kalimantan. These are varied areas that we are reaching, with cultures that range from modern, to classical, to rural.

Having a varied cultural background allows us to use our contextual resources to spread the gospel to a wide range of people groups. These people are able to receive the gospel in their own native language, with concepts and illustrations that they are able to understand and relate to. Below we listed the regions that we’ve targeted, giving a brief background on the areas, as well as a chart showing the religious demographics for Indonesia overall. The chart below was made using data gathered by the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures Project.

 

 

Special Region of Yogyakarta

Malioboro Street, City Center, Yogyakarta.

Yogyakarta is a city on the island of Java, Indonesia. This city is rich in Javanese culture and heritage, and is the center for classical Javanese fine art. Yogyakarta instructs students in many areas both modern and classical, some of their main areas include music, poetry, ballet, and drama.

Central Java

Simpang Lima (Five-way Intersection), City Center, Semarang, Central Java

Central Java is located in the middle of the Island of Java. Central Java is one of the third most populated provinces in Indonesia, with 33.75 million people. Having such a wide range of people, and cultures opens the door for a multitude of people to be reached.

East Kalimantan

Mahakam River with Islamic Center Mosque, Samarinda, East Kalimantan

East Kalimantan is located on the edge of the Island of Borneo, it is one of the larger sections of the Island of Borneo. The people of East Kalimantan are various Dayak people groups. Encyclopedia Britannica states Dayak as a term being “generally applied to non-Muslim indigenous peoples who trace their ancestry to the interior regions of Borneo.” Given these varied people groups, Islam is the major religion on the coast, where as the inland population tends to lean towards Christianity.

South Kalimantan

Floated Market, centre of economy of Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan

South Kalimantan lies on the edge of the Kalimantan Island. As a coastal region, South Kalimantan is populated by, as of 2014, 3.914 million people. The large population of South Kalimantan allows for a wide range of people from different backgrounds to be reached with the gospel. However, like the majority of Indonesia, Islam is the major religion in South Kalimantan.

Check out the results from this most recent campaign below:

Reached: 202,340 [Total Individuals Reached]

This category is the total number of individuals who saw the ad at least once. ‘Reached’ is different from impressions, which may include multiple views of the ad by the same people.

Considered: 50,656 [People taking Action]

Those who considered the message that we put in front of them. This includes the number of individuals that have either watched at least 3 seconds of the video or clicked on something as a result of our Facebook ad, such as liking the post, liking a page, visiting an external website attached to the ad, enlarging the ad, etc.

Strongly Engaged: 6,150 [25% Video Engagement]

No mystery here – the individuals who ‘strongly engaged’ watched at least 25% of the video content. These viewers most likely browsed through the comments section, where they could have seen gospel-centered dialogue.

Fully Engaged: 2,014 [95%+ Video Engagement]

These individuals watched 95% of the message, most likely browsed through the comments section and saw gospel truth. They hear the full-gospel message from start to finish! This is quite amazing, considering that this video is almost 6 minutes length! A few of them may have also engaged in one-on-one messenger conversations with us, and initiated dialogue or asked questions in the comments section.

BUDGET: $100.00

$100.00 / 2,014 Fully Engaged Youth = $0.049 (that’s 5 cents!) per soul to hear this Gospel Testimony!

 

Indonesia Campaign Results: 1,384 youth heard the full gospel (fully engaged)!

Stories from the Field

Out of 1.8 billion Muslims, 250+ million live in the islands. In the past, Islam came to the islands through trade, not through war. It’s a very different kind of Islam in Indonesia, with over 700 different people groups the local cultures are as varied as the people. There are at least 130 unreached, and 30 unengaged people groups in Indonesia.

Here, we are engaging to four quite different people clusters. All of these people groups have one thing in common, Islam. These four targeted areas all tend to either be strictly Muslim or Muslim with ancient beliefs and practices mixed in. One example is the Special Region of Yogyakarta, which is mainly a Muslim area, however with strong beliefs in folk tales and mysticism. These people, though mainly muslim, were influenced strongly by the Kraton (Royal Palace of Yogyakarta), which built their philosophy around the ancient mystic Javanese Philosophy.

Another example of the varied religions in Indonesia is South Kalimantan. Like The Special Region of Yogyakarta, South Kalimantan is also Muslim. However, it also has a large population of Dayak tribes who adhered to their ancient traditions and beliefs, many of which revolved around the rivers.

Though they adhere strongly to their beliefs, they can still be reached. Each of these people groups have  have something in common, even in cities and villages: they have 2G/3G connections making the gospel more accessible to them.

Current Condition in the Field: Lack of Exposure

Once we engaged the people in these regions, it is clear that most of them have a misconception about the Trinity and there is a perception that Jesus never claimed He is God. Some of the other misconceptions are the Bible has been modified, and Judas wasthe one who was the substitute for Jesus in the event of the crucifixion.

However, during the interactions in the comment section as well as the private message section, some people showed their curiosity and chose to ask more questions about Christianity. Most of these people were actually Indonesian youth who were trying to find the truth. Many of them, however, seemed to be confused between the truth and the teaching they’ve been given throughout their life. Our discussions over private private message tended to end with a rejection of Gospel or a neutral closing statement such as “Lakum Diinukum Waliyadiin” (Arabic for “My religion is for me, your religion is yours), however we truly believe that every scripture verses, and explanations we sent through the digital world was not in vain.

Jesus illustrated this mystery of spiritual growth in the parable of the growing seed. He compares the kingdom of God to a farmer scattering seed on the ground (Mark 4:26). The one who scattered the seed may have done what he could to care for the soil. However, Jesus said the seed sprouted whether or not that man slept in, woke up, or even understood the growth process (vv. 27–28). The land owner benefited from the harvest (v. 29), though its development didn’t depend on what he did or his understanding of the workings beneath the surface of the soil.

The maturing of the seeds in Jesus’s parable, occurred in God’s time and because of God’s growing power. God invites us to know, serve, and praise His magnificent growing abilities, reaping the benefits of the spiritual maturity He cultivates in and through us. Whether we’re considering personal spiritual growth or God’s expansion of the church, the Lord’s mysterious ways aren’t dependent on our abilities or understanding. Likewise, we believe in faith that the seeds planted over messages and Facebook comments will sprout, however, we know it is only the beginning. Hopefully, given God’s perfect times and people that the Lord uses to bring about his work, these fruits will grow strong for the Kingdom of Heaven.

We pray for scale, that the seed of truth may spread, and we pray that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, may overcome the lies that lay hold on people’s hearts and minds, in Yogyakarta, Central Java, and East and South Kalimantan.

 

Now, It’s Your Turn

Now, we turn to you, brothers and sisters: Do you have experience in cross-cultural conversations? Do you have cross-cultural language skills? Are you interested in responding to gospel-centered conversations to another country? Do you have any advice for us!?

We welcome additional voices into these conversations! Help us take Ekballo University internet missions to a new level, and send us your input today! Email Trip@Ekballouniversity.com.

Thank you!

Trip & team

 

 

Ekballo February Report 2018

Ekballo February Report 2018

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Page used: facebook.com/healing4thenations

Media Used: “Kisah”

February ’18 Stats:

In the month of February we continued our campaign in Indonesia, a predominately Muslim country. This month we targeted Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. We engaged the people with a video titled, “Kisah Para Nabi,” which translated into English means “The Story of the Prophets.”  In January we targeted Lampung and West Kalimantan, two very different people groups within Indonesia. This time we took the gospel straight to the capital, where we had the opportunity to reach millions of people in one place. As the largest city of Southeast Asia, Jakarta is filled with people who are just waiting to hear the gospel.

The success of the video in the January campaign, caused us to bring it back around for a second try. Once again we were met with a huge response. Hundreds of thousands of people were able to see the gospel even if for a short moment. The best part; it was given in their own native language.

Reached: 176,825 [Total Individuals Reached]

This is the number of individuals who saw the ad at least once. ‘Reached’ is different from impressions, which may include multiple views of the ad by the same people.

Considered: 69,246

Those who considered the message that we put in front of them. This includes the number of individuals that have either watched at least 3 seconds of the video or clicked on something as a result of our Facebook ad, such as liking the post, liking a page, visiting an external website attached to the ad, enlarging the ad, etc.

Strongly Engaged: 6,016  [25% Video Engagement]

No mystery here – the individuals who ‘strongly engaged’ watched at least 25% of the video content. These viewers most likely browsed through the comments section, where they could have seen gospel-centered dialogue.

Fully Engaged: 1,319  [ 95% Video Engagement]

These individuals watched 95% of the message, most likely browsed through the comments section and saw gospel truth. They hear the full-gospel message from start to finish! This is quite amazing, considering that this video is 5 minutes! A few of them may have also engaged in one-on-one messenger conversations with us, and initiated dialogue or asked questions in the comments section.

Budget: $100.00

$100.00 / 1,319 Fully Engaged Youth = $0.08 (that’s 8 cents!) Per Soul To Hear this Gospel Testimony!

Stories From the Field

This month we targeted the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. This City is one of the largest in Indonesia. In all of Indonesia there are around 300 ethnic groups, the largest being the Javanese. Having over 10 million people in Jakarta alone one could only imagine the vast ethnic groups being represented there, along with their different backgrounds and beliefs. Jakarta is a vast field of people waiting for the gospel of Christ. Indonesia, being a predominately Muslim country, caused our campaign to have some fairly negative responses. However, no matter the response, we can be safely assured that a seed was planted for the gospel, and we can trust that the Lord will bring about others out in the field to minister and plant the seed even deeper.

Throughout the comments there seemed to be confusion as to whether God was human or God. This seems to be common as many Muslims struggle with the idea of the Trinity, and Jesus Christ taking on the form of man and coming to earth. When we say that Christ became man, but was also God can be tricky to grasp, and often results in a confused hostile response.We responded using our knowledge of the Bible and scripture verses to guide them in the right direction. We informed them that God’s son came in the form of a man to save mankind from their sins. Therefore Jesus Christ is not necessarily man but rather took man’s form, and retained His divine abilities.  He was fully God and fully man. We used Scriptures like John 1:1, 14, and John 8:46 to help show truth behind our arguments.

John 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 1:14

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory. Glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 8:46

“Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?”

These along many more helped us to point people in the right direction.  Though they may not have been instantly convinced we’ve planted a seed, and now we wait for God to do the watering. Hopefully, in time, God will bring people along to continue to minister and that seed will bring fruit for eternity.

Now it’s Your Turn!

Now, we turn to you, brothers and sisters: Do you have experience in cross-cultural conversations? Do you have cross-cultural language skills? Are you interested in responding to gospel-centered conversations to another country? Do you have any advice for us?

We welcome additional voices into these conversations! Help us take Ekballo University internet missions to a new level, and send us your input today! Email Trip@Ekballouniversity.com.