Our mission in Indonesia began differently from our other missions; it was our first attempt at establishing a new field without resident missionaries. In the late-1980s we employed a strategy of sponsoring bible school students to plant churches. Rapid growth occurred according to great reports. However, over a period of fifteen years we observed a steady shift in the vision and understanding of the national leadership. It became apparent that our strategy was unsustainable.
Alan Amavisca and Ray Canfield continued to make regular trips and forged close relationships with some national leaders. EFM Missionary, B. A. (name redacted for privacy and safety), also visited the Indonesia Yearly Meeting at a pivotal time. We are grateful for each of these friends for their openness to redefining and restoring relationships with an eye on the culture and further education.
Today, we are committed to two major interactions per year, establishing Friends culture and Theological Education by Extension (TEE). We have also committed to a weeklong trip by an EFCSW representative for their annual Yearly Meeting Sessions.
It is our desire to continue to broaden relationships between Indonesian Friends and other Friends entities.