Indonesia: Christian University Amazes
this was a jawdropper. Even though I’ve seen the Church at work in many countries and
among hosts of tribes, I was not prepared
for what I witnessed in Jakarta, Indonesia. My wife Lily and I were attending
the Global Christian Forum, a new and
creative venture bringing together representatives of 90 per cent of Christians
worldwide. En route we visited friends at
UPH University in Jakarta, Indonesia’s
I heard it was a Christian university,
but with all my stereotypes in place, I
I’ve been to Indonesia
before and heard the sad
stories of Muslim oppres-
sion and Christians losing
their lives. I didn’t expect
much from such a place.
We drove onto the university grounds. I was shocked. The
campus of UPH is stunning. It has over
10,000 students. The school is very evangelical. It includes a medical training hospital, Olympic size pools and a strategy to
build campuses all over Indonesia. There
is no fundraising to keep it going.
Capital costs come from the business
enterprises of the family who runs it.
UPH charges a reasonable tuition rate,
not too high for the economy, but high
enough to ensure its students are serious.
It is approved by the accrediting authority and has full university status with the
The student cafeteria was
more modern than anything I’ve seen in Canada.
How did this come
A family – begun by a
father deeply committed
to spreading the gospel
and the evangelical message, then followed by his son – has built
one of the largest business enterprises in
Indonesia. They chose to make education
and medical care their primary ministry.
Educationally, they have primary and secondary schools throughout the islands.
The School of Education at the university is reserved for Christians. They are
given full scholarships for four years, and
on our Knees
• For basic facts about
Indonesia and suggestions to incorporate
in your prayers, visit
indo and persecution.
must promise to spend four years teaching in one of the associated schools upon
graduation. Hospitals are developed, not
as money-making enterprises, but to encourage people to cross the barrier of fear
and access the medical treatment they
You’ll be interested to know the name
UPH (Universitas Pelita Harapan) means
“hope and light.” Here, tucked away in a
country known better for natural disasters
and persecution of believers, is a vision
driven by a Christian family and their
enterprise to engage their world in the
love and message of the Lord, focusing
on two areas through which that witness
can shine with hope.
It’s a good reminder the Spirit is ever
about His work in places we might de-
BrIAN C. StILLEr of newmarket, Ont.,
is the global ambassador for The
• Intercede International works with two indigenous
ministries based in Indonesia: Oneness Fullness
Witness, which focuses on evangelism and church-planting and has developed special techniques
for reaching Muslims with the gospel, and Bless
Indonesia Mission, which plants churches, helps
Christians displaced by sectarian violence and has
helped to reconstruct the lives of many survivors of
a deadly 2004 tsunami that killed 230,000 people.
For more about how EFC affiliates are working in Indonesia visit theEFC.ca/globalvillage
• Back to God Ministries International works with
local partners to train leaders and develop listener
communities throughout Indonesia. More than
19,000 people meet at least monthly as part of 196
listener communities in cities and remote villages,
in both Hindu and Muslim communities as well as
areas that are predominantly Christian. backtogod.