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West Papua

Indonesia

We work with the church in Manokwari, West Papua, Indonesia. 

Where We Are

Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world, just behind the US. And it is the largest Muslim country in the world. The government permits six religions: Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism. So it is legal to be a Christian in Indonesia. 

West Papua is one of the easternmost provinces in Indonesia. It's on the same island as Papua New Guinea. West Papua is distinct from the rest of Indonesia in culture, ethnicity, and religion. Missionaries came to the island a long time ago, and have been working on reaching the pockets of tribal Papuans spread throughout the island. 

Christianity had great success with the Papuans, and the Indonesian government has allowed Christian missionaries to work here fairly unhindered. But this is a young church, and their leaders are in need of good training. The Papuan church faces the problems of syncretism, heresy, corruption, and understanding its place in a predominantly Muslim country. 

Manokwari is a city on the northern coast of West Papua. Originally founded by the Dutch as a trading post, it is now a burgeoning metropolis as Papuans migrate out of the hills and Muslim Indonesians migrate from the rest of the country. 

The Local Church

Manokwari