World Renew has been working in Indonesia since 1984. Before 1997, Indonesia experienced rapid economic growth, which drove down poverty to 11% in 1996 according to government statistics. Some 39m--18% of the population of 220m--are now officially poor, according to data released by the government’s statistics bureau:  4m more than in 2005. However, the official number of poor which is based the government’s definition of poverty (less money than is needed to afford a diet of 2,100 calories a day-- 152,847 rupiah ($16.80) a month) is well below the more widely used benchmark of $1a day. Using the dollar-a-day measure, it is estimated that more than 80m Indonesians are in poverty.

The new found freedom for civil society since the fall of Suharto in 1998 has extended opportunities to militant Islamic groups to express violence. Religious intolerance is still prevalent threatens Indonesia’s march towards democracy . The violent persecution has been mostly aimed at minority Islamic sects such as Jamaah Ahmadiyah and Christians. The Islamic Defense Front (FPI) and the Indonesia Ulama Council (MUI) are main actors in the religious violence but there are many others as well.

World Renew works with a church network consisting of 6 denominations located on 4 different islands in Indonesia and works with key church and community leaders to help equip and encourage the church to reach out to their neighbors through community development, disaster response and peacebuilding.

World Renew Partners In Indonesia


P3H is an organization founded by the six synods of the Reformed Ecumenical Council of Churches (REC) in Indonesia which is comprised of 2,200 churches located on four islands. P3H helps to equip local churches and their partnering organizations to do wholistic and more effectively serve their communities. This includes churches outside of the REC network of churches located in Sulawesi and the island of Halmahera. P3H helps to train and equip ‘frontier animators’, who live and work at the grassroots level of their communities, and ‘bridgers’ (church leaders) who help to bridge the churches with their communities. The ‘frontier animators and ‘bridgers’ are selected based on their gift and passion for transforming their churches and communities they serve through World Renew and P3H’s program framework which involves four main areas of concentration:

  • Diaconal Training - World Renew and P3H have developed Bible study booklets to promote Bible study by local church leaders and lay leaders. These booklets are being used by many churches and have received positive feedback. Training is underway for these leaders to develop additional Bible Study materials that will promote wholistic ministry done in community. In addition, key church leaders have received training in disaster response in Aceh with the aim of empowering the church to respond to emergencies and disaster recovery for their communities. Other areas of training for church and community leaders have been used as entry points for community transformation are RBM (Results Based Management) and ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) and other trainings which address improving the capacity for better managing community-based projects.

  • Micro Enterprise Development - P3H facilitates the capacity building of micro-enterprise development (MED) organizations which develop an income and savings programs in which poor community members can receive consultation, gain access to loans and job opportunities, and begin to build their income. There are approximately 1,350 community members participating and over 100 loans outstanding. World Renew’s partner on the island of Sumba has augmented their income generation program with a radio broadcast which is designed to creatively educate people in appropriate technologies, public policy and community health issues, such as HIV/AIDS.

  • Peacebuilding / Justice - In the past, World Renew has partnered with Christian and Muslim agencies, in the Poso Central Sulawesi region where there has been extreme violence between Muslims and Christians. Working together, these two agencies developed curriculum and training materials to equip trainers to work for peace and be ministers of healing. Presently our focus on Peacebuilding has been in the area of Mamasa, West Sulawesi where local power struggles have exploited religious tensions for personal gain.

P3H has worked closely with a local NGO in the province of Papua to help address the HIV / AIDS problem there. Papua faces a very real possibility of an HIV epidemic if aggressive interventions are not taken. Social attitudes and stigmatizations are key aspects of the problem in Papua.