Opening for Vicar at All Saints Anglican Church Jakarta

Opening for Vicar at All Saints Anglican Church Jakarta

All Saints Anglican Church Jakarta would like to welcome a new Vicar and/or Associate Minister to their team. They are a vibrant evangelical church, planted in 1819, serving the English speaking Christian community of Jakarta, Indonesia. Their ± 300 members come from different countries, cultures, and denominations, yet together they serve Christ and each other by “knowing and making known the love of Jesus”.

Key responsibilities:

  • To lead and pastor one of the two Church centers and the congregations who meet there.
  • To work as part of a Ministry Team (and for the Vicar, to lead this team)
  • To disciple the church members and evangelize other English-speakers in Jakarta
  • To further develop their small group ministry
  • To strengthen witness in the English language schools and this community
  • For the Vicar, to lead the church in the further development of the church land

 

Essential qualities:

  • Strong English (first language) speaker and must be an ordained Anglican Priest
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Extensive Leadership and pastoral experience, cross-cultural and multi-denominational skills
  • Willingness to come to Indonesia through a mission agency such as SAMS (USA or Canada), CMS (Australia, New Zealand or the UK), Crosslinks (UK).

 

Application:

Send CV and letter of application.

Contact:

Rev. Alan Wood (Vicar)

alanwood@allsaintsjakarta.org

More information:

www.allsaintsjakarta.org

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

I am not quite ready to move on from the Thanksgiving holiday yet!  There is too much to be thankful for.   I am grateful that Denise from SAMS made her way to Jakarta last month to visit our family.  Living half way around the world from “home”, a familiar face and encouraging words are very precious indeed.  I was happy to introduce her to Hope Special Needs School, an institution very near and dear to my heart.  Ibu Lingkan, the school’s founder, asks, “Who will tell them God loves them, if we don’t do it?”  I am so thankful for her servant’s heart.  Please watch this short clip of the children singing at their Thanksgiving Service and be inspired to carry on this holiday season with an attitude of gratitude!

Nobody Leaves Hungry

Nobody Leaves Hungry

Have you ever heard your grandparents tell you, “Back in my day, we used to walk to school five miles each way in the dead of winter with no shoes?”  Of course, the exaggerated story was to inspire you to count your blessings.  Allow us to inspire you with a non-embellished tale of our refugees from Afghanistan.  Desperate to find a church where they can freely worship, this ever resilient group, travels by car from the mountains outside of Jakarta to Providence Anglican Church every Sunday.  The trip takes almost three hours each way!   Can you imagine how hungry for the Word and Christian fellowship they must be to go that distance?  Can you imagine how physically hungry they must get during the long day away from home?  We strive each week to make sure that we fill them with good food to eat and a meal to take for the road, but more importantly, God is sustaining them with his Word and satisfying them spiritually around the table of Holy Communion.  God’s family from many countries at the banqueting table.  His banner over us is love!

Farsi in the Far Seas

Farsi in the Far Seas

Providence Anglican Church is a multi-national fellowship in Jakarta.  God has seen fit to add to our small group people from America, Australia, China, Korea, Indonesia, Iran, and  the Philippines.  How beautiful that on any given Sunday, the sermon or scripture reading might be translated into one of the languages spoken by our members.  One particular Sunday, something really special happened.  Our American-Malaysian co-worker, Sandy, helped our Iranian believers lead the congregational singing in Farsi.  All of the songs were familiar, but with lyrics in the Farsi language.  Sandy must have practiced night and day to master this in a tongue so foreign.  Our hearts and voices lifted as one as we cried out “How Great is Our God!”  Pedar rahim bar ma, Masih monjiye ma, Setaim namatra, Setaim namatra.  The Godhead Three in One, Father, Spirit, Son, The Lion and the Lamb, The Lion and the Lamb.

I can’t say we expected to worship in Farsi when we first journeyed to the far seas to minister in Indonesia.  How thankful we are that God always exceeds our expectations.  Truly, how great is our God!

“None But Jesus Can Do Helpless Sinners Good.”

“None But Jesus Can Do Helpless Sinners Good.”

“None but Jesus can do helpless sinners good”  is such a simple yet profound statement found in the hymn, “Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy.”  Listen now to the song in it’s entirety:

We sang these lyrics as a church family, coming together to witness and celebrate our sweet sister’s baptism.  As the picture proves, there could not have been a more beautiful spot for this joyous service!  To add to this, we were honored to host the Archbishop of Melbourne (Primate of Australia) along with his lovely wife, Joy, and their associates for this special occasion.  His message encouraged us and the fellowship of believers from around the globe gladdened our hearts.

Sightseeing in Singapore

Sightseeing in Singapore

People might wonder what the life of a missionary is like and assume there must be to it an air of the romantic or exotic.  Well, we have had our share of “exotic” scents (usually sewage) and tropical breezes (laden by smog.)  But, really our life would be best described as an adventure (meaning not planned and totally out of my sphere of control) with our heavenly Father as the most amazing tour guide!

Consider our recent trip to Singapore to secure an Indonesian visa (permission to live and work in the country.)  Our three days turned into five, as the visa process can be painfully slow.  I was anxious at this change of plans because this would mean the kids would miss more school, Jim would be absent from church, and more money would be spent on meals abroad.  It was a cry or laugh moment, and so I decided to trust that our Tour Guide must have a lot to show us in Singapore!

Being blessed with superior accommodations at the Anglican Prayer Lodge, we set out to see what the city had to offer.  We dined with old friends, took in a light-water-music show at the harbor, worshiped at St. George’s, and strolled around The Botanical Gardens.  We had a great tour of Singapore and left with a reminder to “sit back and enjoy the ride!”