Melati* lost her husband, Akmal*, soon after he had established a church in their village of Semalin. She had the same vision he had for reaching the people of their town with the Gospel. They raised their ten children to love the Lord and share the same mission as Akmal, especially ensuring their sons knew God’s Word. He made sure their sons learned the Bible thoroughly, as the plan was for them to continue sharing it in the village despite the challenges they would face.
A church grows
Akmal accepted Jesus first, leading the whole family away from paganism, animism, and spiritism into a Bible-based, Christian lifestyle. Then, he stepped into the role of church planter and pastor of their village church until he passed away. At that point, Melati took over.
Melati never wavered in continuing Akmal’s vision to minister in their village. She made certain her children were faithful Christians who gave their time, tithes, and troubles to the Lord. Melati set the example by giving her land to the church so they could erect a church building.
It was encouraging when some Christian brothers and sisters from Korea gave money for the construction. The Korean ministry works to build churches in various parts of the world. The church that was built on the ⅛ acre of land became the focal point of the village. The village uses the building for training, various weekly activities, and Sunday services.