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Indonesian Game: Semut, Orang, Gajah

Have you ever played the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors”? If not, ask someone familiar with the game to teach you. Then try this Indonesian variation.

Two players face each other and hold out a fist in front of them. On the count of three, each makes one of the following hand signs:

  • Semut (pronounced suh-MOOT): point with the little finger.
  • Orang (orr-AHNG): point with the first finger.
  • Gajah (gha-jah): point with the thumb.
  • Semut means ant.
  • Orang means person.
  • Gajah means elephant.

If one player gives the sign for semut and the other for orang, orang wins because a person can step on an ant. Semut beats gajah because an ant can crawl in an elephant’s ear and bite or tickle it. Gajah wins against orang because an elephant can stomp on a person.

Note: The word “orangutan” comes from the Indonesian words “orang,” meaning “person,” and “hutan,” meaning “forest.” Orangutans are native to Indonesia.


Indonesia: Toddler Encourages Dad

[Photo: Indonesian mother and child]

Mehfri and his wife are Christians in Indonesia. Two years ago, they had a baby daughter.

Most people in Indonesia are Muslims. Mehfri prays that his daughter will be a devoted follower of Jesus. He already encourages her to be strong in her faith by telling her, “You must stay on fire.”

Attacked
Mehfri made friends with a teacher at an elementary school for Muslim children. After meeting with Mehfri for three months to discuss Jesus, the teacher became a Christian.

Then one day, Mehfri went to the man’s home to see him. But the teacher’s Muslim son met him outside the house. The son and three men with sticks beat up Mehfri, who then sped away on his motorbike.

Encouragement
At home, Mehfri’s daughter saw that her father was in pain from his injuries. What do you think she said to him? “You must stay on fire, for me,” she told him. “You must stay on fire.” Even though he was suffering, Mehfri smiled.

Mehfri and his wife prayed for the attackers. Their family has moved to another city in Indonesia, where they are still reaching Muslims for Christ. “We must follow Jesus,” Mehfri said. “We don’t know about the future, but we must face it.” He, his wife, and his daughter will continue to encourage one another to “stay on fire.”

(Source: The February 2020 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine.)

To learn more about Christians in Indonesia, download Bold Believers in Indonesia from the free Downloads section.


Indonesia: Pastor Abraham

Abraham Ben Moses was born into a large Muslim family in Indonesia. When he grew up, he began teaching at a Muslim school.

Then Abraham decided to study the Bible to find the mistakes in it. Instead he realized that God’s Word is true, and he became a Christian!

Soon, Abraham began talking about the Good News of Jesus with anyone who would listen. He posted comments about Christianity on the Internet, he had debates with Muslim, and he shared his faith with a Muslim taxi driver. A video of his conversation with the taxi driver was spread widely among many people.

As a result, Abraham was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison. During his time in prison, he led almost 80 Muslims to Christ!

Abraham’s Muslim wife left him, and Abraham married a Christian woman. Their daughter was born while Abraham was in prison. (See the photo.)

In April of this year, Pastor Abraham was released from prison early. He is back home with his family, but he has to report weekly to the police station.

Read more about Pastor Abraham and learn how to write letters of encouragement to current prisoners at prisoneralert.com.


Malaysia and Indonesia: Batik

Batik is a method of applying color and designs to cloth. It is an art form that has been practiced in Malaysia and Indonesia for centuries. Traditional artists use wax on the fabric as part of the process. You can use washable glue to make designs an easier way.

First, use the glue to draw pictures or designs on muslin or other light-colored fabric. Let the glue dry completely. Apply fabric paint in one or more colors where there is no glue. Wash the fabric in the washing machine to remove the glue.

To learn more about Christians in Malaysia and Indonesia, download Bold Believers in Malaysia and Bold Believers in Indonesia from the free Downloads section.


Indonesia: Clarissa

Clarissa was at church in Indonesia with her mother, father, and grandfather when bombs exploded in a black minivan outside the church. The van belonged to Muslim terrorists. Flames from the blast spread across the front of the church.

“I was not near the fire, but when I was walking it hurt so bad,” said Clarissa, who was 8 years old at the time. “I felt the heat on my skin…. My grandma splashed water on my face. I was feeling so scared, so worried about my mom.”

Clarissa’s mom, Fenny, received serious burns from the blast. Clarissa had burns on her forehead, stomach, and hands. Thankfully, she is nearly pain free today. She wants to be a doctor someday to help people who suffer.

More than a year after the attack, Fenny is having a more difficult recovery. The worst part, Fenny says, is that she can no longer hug Clarissa because of her fragile skin. But when people ask her about her burns, she eagerly tells them about Jesus. She wants Him to use her story for the advancement of His kingdom.

Their pastor, Pastor Yonathan, encouraged his congregation to continue gathering for worship. More than 1,000 people attended church the Sunday after the attack. “We wanted to show that we love God, and when we love God, the less afraid we are of persecution.”

Pastor Yonathan continued, “Our Muslim neighbors said, ‘When Christians have problems like this, they are not afraid; they are still faithful to God.’

“I am sure that God is still good,” said Pastor Yonathan. “The main point is that we forgive the people who did what happened. We pray for others like them, that God can give them grace to repent.”

(Source: The November 2019 The Voice of the Martyrs magazine. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)