Indonesia is progressing with plans to move its capital city from the island of Java to Borneo.
The southeast Asian nation sits in the ‘ring of fire’ of volcanic activity and Java is literally sinking into the ocean. Designed originally for three to five million people, the capital Jakarta now has over 9.6 million residents.
FMI’s Bruce Allen has told Mission Network News, the development of Borneo is great for ministry.
“With new roads comes better access to the people who live at the end of [those roads], and so new churches are getting established and launched” he says. “This potential shift [of] capital actually presents some challenges, and opportunity for increasing ministry in Indonesia.”
Mr Allen says there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of mosques on this island so it’s important to fortify the evangelical presence.