INDONESIA (ANS) -- Iwi (not her real name) is 36 and single, and
is originally from Java, not far from where YWAM carried out its first
Discipleship Training School in that part of the world many years ago.
She has a
masters degree from England and is about to earn her PhD in marine
biology . She
will graduate in about another month or so.
But what she'd
really like to do is go through a Bible school -- IF she can get a
single. Only has one brother. The whole family are very strong
a close family friend.
actually raised on Java - Malang - an hour or so from Surabaya. But
they moved back to Ambon to help the people there, (and) teach in the
university," the family friend said.
"Her father was
a university professor in Indonesia, teaching anthropology. He passed
some years ago. Their house was burned down totally twice, along with
others -- the result of Muslim persecution of the Christians. At one
her Mom fled to Manado (the major city of Sulawesi), which is primarily
Christian while she was studying in University. But her mother's been
back in Ambon for a couple of years living in a refugee camp. She could
move out and into the city but chooses to stay there because of the
opportunities to help
the people there, leading Bible studies, etc."
An article in
Charisma magazine recounts how an Ambonese "Kings Kid" (part of the
YWAM children's ministry) was told to denounce Christ or else. "He
wouldn't, so they proceeded to cut off his limbs, one at a time, each
time giving him the opportunity to recant -- until they eventually cut
off his head. He was one of about 20 or so in this area (mostly from a
Pentecostal church) that were slaughtered," the family friend
"Iwi was one of
the first to arrive at the scene after the event and ended up literally
carrying that 12-year-old kid's body to his family, then went back and
did the same for the others. She didn't tell us that she was putting
her own life at risk
to do so, but I don't see how it could have NOT been at risk to do
this," the friend recalled.
earlier in the year we had another Ambonese YWAMer, Hermina, living
us. She's the one who puts out the 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim in
Indonesian language. (It) turns out she and a couple other YWAMers have
Iwi and family for years, led them into the Baptism of the Holy Spirit,
etc. Hermina was a grad of the second Indonesian DTS in 1981."
If you would
like to help Iwi achieve her dream, please contact David Hall at: