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Indonesia

Presbyterian World Mission has four mission co-workers who serve in Indonesia. Our work centers around uniting Muslims and Christians in peaceful relations and in teaching religious courses at educational institutions.

Indonesia’s recent history has been filled with internal struggles for dominance between various factions, of which religion is one — and possibly the strongest — element of these struggles.

Bernard Adeney-Risakotta and Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta
Bernie Adeney-Risakotta became a mission co-worker for Presbyterian World Mission in 1991, and he has served continuously since then. Farsijana came to work for World Mission in 2003.

Bernie is director of the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies at Gadjah Mada University. Farsijana is director of the Center for Research and Community Development at Duta Wacana Christian University. Both Bernie and Farsijana spend a lot of time working together with Christians and Muslims to build a just society.

In the late 1990s, Bernie and Farsijana built a home in an all-Muslim neighborhood that is at the same time a center for community outreach and hospitality. It is called “Pondok Tali Rasa.” At any given time, they share it with several other people of both Muslim and Christian faith. Their house also serves as a center for the Indonesian Women’s Coalition, which Farsijana leads, empowering women and serving the victims of natural disasters.

You can read more about their ministry on their profile page, which you can find here.

Write to Bernie Adeney-Risakotta at bernie.adeney-risakotta@pcusa.org

Write to Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta at farsijana.adeney-risakotta@pcusa.org

Dong Ho Choi and Sook Nim Choi
As an international adviser to the president of Duta Wacana Christian University, Don Choi helps build an international network to strengthen new master’s degree programs the school has started. He helps Duta Wacana connect with universities and non-governmental organizations in the United States and in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Presbyterian-related colleges in the United States are a special focus. His job also includes facilitating student/faculty exchanges, joint research projects, and dual degree opportunities and promoting cultural awareness and understanding of the US/Indonesia friendship on campus and among Duta Wacana’s partners. Sook Choi will teach art primarily in the Department of Architecture and will serve as an English instructor in the school’s new undergraduate Department of English. In addition, she will support student extracurricular activities especially among local arts and culture groups.

Read more about their work on their profile page, which you can find here.

Write to Don Choi at don.choi@pcusa.org.
Write to  Sook Choi sook.choi@pcusa.org.

Communion of Churches in Indonesia (CCI) / Persekutuan Gereja-Gereja di Indonesia (PGI)

East Java Christian Church
Central Java Indonesian Christian Church
The Evangelical Christian Church in Irian Jaya
Indonesian Christian Church (of Central Java) (GKI)
Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana (UKDW)/ Duta Wacana Christian University

Mienda Uriarte, Area Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific, mienda.uriarte@pcusa.org
Yesenia Ayala, Mission Specialist, Yesenia.ayala@pcusa.org