“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”– Romans 10:14-15
Deep in the mountains of Indonesia are isolated villages that can’t be reached by any form of transportation besides a motorcycle. The roads are made of dirt, and have deep gashes and potholes that make traversing them difficult, even for experienced riders. (watch this video to experience the journey).
In places like this, there are no stores, no running water, no electricity, and no churches.
“My people are an unreached people,” Jokko says, a member of a small, isolated village deep in the jungles of Indonesia. “We speak a tongue that many have never heard.”
Jokko left his village years ago to search for a better life, and after several weeks, he had found a place to live. But, he had also found something else, something far more valuable than he had ever known: the Gospel.
When Jokko became a Christian, everything changed. He realized the joy and freedom he felt in knowing Christ couldn’t be felt by his own village because they had never heard of the Gospel.
The only thing he wanted to do was to take the treasure he had found back to his home village. So, he traveled back to his village, telling his people about the Gospel and distributing radios, so they could tune in to FEBC Gospel broadcasts and grow in their faith.
“This journey is not an easy one. There are great mountains, one after another. Jungles that never end. Eventually the roads are no more. But I will always press on; my people are always on my heart,” Jokko says. (watch Jokko’s journey here).
After many in his village believed in Christ, Jokko realized God was calling him to go to even more remote places in Indonesia, to deliver the truth.
“When I finally make it to the villages, the first thing I do is preach the word of God to everyone in the village. When I have to go, I leave them with a radio that will continue to preach to them long after I’m gone.”
“My heart takes rest, knowing that they have the treasure, knowing they have Jesus. But there are more people in more villages waiting—they remain untouched by the outside world. I search for the ones that are isolated. Traveling from one village to the next, always asking the Lord to guide me to the ones with hungry hearts.”
“My people are hard to reach, but they are my burden and it is my joy to carry this. I will never lose hope for them.”
Jokko’s journeys are hard, with many physical barriers that could prevent him from reaching his destination. But he doesn’t let those things stop him. He knows that God can conquer any obstacle if it’s in His will. What obstacles stop you from sharing your faith with others? Are they physical, emotional, psychological? Don’t let that stop you from sharing your faith with others; seek opportunities in the next week to share your faith with someone who you’ve been meaning to talk to.
God, thank You for the men and women like Jokko who hear Your voice and act. We know it can be hard to hear Your voice and obey, but we ask for strength, courage and faith, that when the moment comes, we would act for the glory of Your kingdom. We pray also for the country of Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, that You would speak to the men and women of this country and show them that they are being led astray—that they need the true Savior, Jesus Christ, in their lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.