The Ciputat Church is a church in transition. Until last fall it met in a Ruko located in a business park in Ciputat. Along with a worship center it had a restaurant and book store where business employees could come for lunch and read Christian literature. In this setting it had grown to approximately 30 members 12 to 16 of whom are in its youth group. Unfortunately when the rent for the Ruko came due in October the land lady decided she wanted to increase the rent beyond ICM’s ability to continue to pay.
Today the Ciputat Church is holding its worship and study sessions, along with Bible School classes, in the mission house. Just previous to closing the Ruko the preacher and his wife at the Church felt the call of God to go to Banda Aceh to aid in the recovery effort in that earthquake torn region and witness to the love of Christ and His saving grace to the people so devastated by the quake! Consequently a new evangelist was called to serve the needs of the Ciputat Church. With the move and the calling of a new evangelist there has been some transition of members. However, the elders have stepped up to the challenge, have solidified their own faith, and are continuing to faithfully conduct worship and study sessions as well as grow in their own lives. One elder, Pak Salmon, is in the process of arranging his business to make it possible for him to attend Bible College. Young couples in the church are active in their out reach toward the youth of the community. Just this month they have started an outreach program to visit and bring into fellowship young people in the Ciputat area.
Sudaryono has just closed out his ministry at the Ciputat Church. He is an excellent preacher and pastor, but wants to move on to other things. He is particularly concerned with being a financially independent evangelist. The Ciputat Church again finds itself in transition. The elders are currently seeking to hire a replacement evangelist who will also be partially supported by ICM funding. In the mean time the elders of the church , Pak Salmon and Pak Piet, are doing the preaching and conducting visitation as they plan for growth and contribution toward having this church self supporting in four more years.