Address by by Rev Umbu Hapu Pariamalinya
on behalf of the Deputies for Relations with Churches Abroad of the Gereja-Gereja Reformasi di Indonesia Propinsi Nusa Tenggara Timur
Thursday 13th July 2006, Synod West Kelmscott, Western Australia, 2006
(Acts Article 52)
First of all I want to pass on greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
I have to apologize to you too, it is my first time that I speak in English. It is not fluent yet. I have been here about two month. Hopefully in another month my English will be better. As a delegate of Indonesian Churches, I have to explain to you several important points at this meeting. If you do not mind, I will continue with this information and try to explain to you in my simple English. I have translated some important points which I will explain, namely:
There are all kinds of churches in Indonesia and lot of them have unity in a committee with the name PGI. Until this time the GGRI Churches are not a member of them.
- GGRI-NTT, that is, the Reformed Churches of Indonesia send hearty greetings to your synod and pray along with you that your synod be successful. Without the blessing of the Lord our work is no good.
We pray along with you for the Lord to grant that your synod decisions are good and of great value for Christ's churches in Australia and your sister churches like the Indonesian Churches as well. We hope that the decisions of your synod will bring honour and praise to our Lord's Name.
On behalf of the Reformed Churches of Indonesia I give thanks for all the support we have received from your Churches by way of both the material aid and Spiritual help.
- The relationship of the Reformed churches in Indonesia and the Free Reformed Churches in Australia are close by and strong. At the moment our relation is not just by way of synod deputies but also between consistories. For example there is a relationship which the Rockingham Church has with two of our Churches in Sumba ( the Kataka and Wera churches). The church of Rockingham is actively involved in the work of mission. This is a great blessing for our country. Besides this, the Free Reformed Churches of Australia along with our sister churches in Holland have supported several students to study theology in Hamilton, Canada. Besides this you have even helped finance some people from Indonesia to study English in Australia as shown by my presence here at your synod. We hope and pray that our relationship and your support can be continued by possibly financing some other brothers to study English or continue to study in Hamilton Theological College. It is important for the up-building of the reformed character of our church.
This relation is very beautiful and really shows that we are one body in our Lord Jesus.
- I also like to inform you, as synod, of an important development among Indonesian churches. If all goes as planned the Theology College of Reformed churches in Indonesia will be open again on the 1st of August 2006. The opening of this school really needs your attention. The planning and opening of the Theological Collage will not be successful without God's blessings. The Lord is using you and your support. With your help and our planning together, under God's blessing, this Collage will be successful. Therefore I express to you at this synod and pray that the opening of the Theological Collage will be close to your hearts and that you also remember us often in your prayers.
- It is really important to institute a Reformed Theology College in Indonesian because of the influence of the pluralistic thinking. A lot of Indonesian people are of the opinion that all of the churches in Indonesia are like a big house that has many rooms. The differences among the churches are understood like different rooms, which are all in the same house. They are all considered true churches under one roof called Christians.
At the moment Reformed Churches of Indonesia have a very big struggle because charismatic, Pentecostal and Adventist doctrine is rising very fast. This is especially in and around our Churches in Sumba. Three new Theological colleges were instituted all of which teach the charismatic and Judaism doctrine. Therefore I have expressed to you that the opening of the Theological College is a very important point for us to support.
We hope that our sister church relations will continue to be strengthened also by way of this synod of the Australian Churches. The Reformed Churches of Indonesia invites you to attend the Theological college ceremonial opening on the 1st August 2006.
Finally we thank you for the opportunity address your synod on behalf of the Indonesian churches. May God bless you in your work here at synod.
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