INDONESIA — Sometimes God’s voice pours out of a radio speaker, as it did when Kuwat was called back to a closer walk with the Savior he had been ignoring.

Kuwat (not his real name) is a driver and father who accepted Christ into his heart way back in 1989. His knowledge of the Bible and Jesus was shallow, though, and he soon fell back into a sinful life. Whatever was pleasurable, Kuwat wanted, and it simply didn’t occur to him that his ways might be displeasing his Father in heaven.

Then in 2007 he began listening to TWR broadcasts – just casually at first, almost as if his sinful life blocked any desire to know more about God. But things were about to change, and Kuwat was gently guided back onto the right path as he heard the program Thru the Bible.

“One day while listening to it, something stirred inside my heart,” he said. “The content of the program about repentance inspired me to start thinking about my life. Suddenly, as if God were speaking directly to me, I realized the things I was doing were making God upset. It became very clear to me a change in my lifestyle was needed. I was sad and regretted it all.”

He met a minister, who reminded Kuwat that Jesus loved him dearly and was ready to forgive. He didn’t want to walk in darkness anymore, and he asked God for help.

Since he became acquainted with TWR and Thru the Bible, Kuwat said, the radio has become his friend and he listens while driving from place to place. He applies the lessons learned there and gains encouragement to stand strong when family members challenge his faith.

“I promised the Lord I will guide my wife and daughter to always believe in Jesus, to be faithful to him and to be like him,” Kuwat said. “Although we live in a small village and worship at a small church, we will keep praising the Lord because we have the almighty and amazing Jesus.”

Facts About Indonesia*:

  • Called the world’s third-largest democracy, Indonesia has a relatively young system of representative that is somewhat fragile but seen to be getting stronger.
  • Jakarta, which is the capital and has a population of nearly 10 million, has a surprisingly large representation of Christians, about 13 percent, but clear evidence indicates that the Church is less welcome today as tolerance appears to be waning.
  • Unless they are working among animists or in theological education, missionaries have a hard time obtaining visas to live in Indonesia and reach out to its people.

*Operation World, 7th edition