THIS is a stirring account about humble Christian men and women who courageously stood firm through political upheavals, religious conflicts, and a clergy-inspired ban that lasted 25 years. Learn about a brother whose name was on a Communist death list and about a former crime boss who became a mature Christian. Read the heartwarming story of two deaf girls who became friends and then discovered that they were siblings. And learn how Jehovah’s people are successfully sharing the good news with the world’s largest Muslim population.
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Get a quick summary of the land, people, and customs of the world’s largest island chain.
During the 16th century, the spice trade powered the global economy.
A few intrepid colporteurs (pioneers) from Australia overcame challenges as they opened up the preaching work.
Radio broadcasts and harbor witnessing aroused the anger of powerful adversaries of the truth in Indonesia.
This religious movement had its basis in the publications of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but fell victim to human reasoning.
Rioters looted the home of Thio Seng Bie as he looked on, yet they left something behind that he valued more than the things he lost.
As their publications were progressively banned, the Witnesses used ingenuity to carry on their preaching work.
During World War II, some Witnesses found a way to register with the Japanese authorities without violating their neutrality.
During 60 years of service, André Elias maintained his integrity despite interrogation and threats.
The first Gilead-trained missionaries to arrive helped to advance the preaching work quickly.
Would the clergy’s opposition succeed this time?
Conditions for preaching the good news quickly deteriorated during the mid-1970’s.
Titi Koetin happily subjected herself to her husband and gained a rich reward in return.
The “Everlasting Good News” Assembly of 1963 succeeded despite serious obstacles.
Ronald Jacka’s grave had already been dug.
In 1964, a Protestant minister threatened, ‘I am going to rid Manokwari of Jehovah’s Witnesses!’ Did he succeed?
The Director of Intelligence asked: “What are Jehovah’s Witnesses really doing in Indonesia?”
What moved some observers to say, “Jehovah’s Witnesses are like nails”?
When the ban on Jehovah’s Witnesses was lifted, an official paradoxically said: “This registration document does not grant you freedom of worship.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses responded quickly after an earthquake leveled the Indonesian town of Gunungsitoli.
Daniel Lokollo recalls his persecution at the hands of prison guards.
Conflict between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia created a critical situation for Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Once the ban was lifted, the brothers benefited from three key initiatives.
How did the Witnesses overcome the challenges from habits and culture that inhibited their boldness?
Need-greaters looking for the next preaching frontier have found it.
The congregation in the village of Tugala Oyo, Indonesia, received an unexpected blessing.
Two deaf sisters in Indonesia were separated when one was given up for adoption, but the truth brought them together.