Social Action Programs
The severe economic problems continue in Indonesia. The reasons
for this are complex but the consequences challenge us to respond.
The Church in Indonesia has been active in trying to help the suffering
poor people of Indonesia.
At present, there are multiple social action programs going on
in West Java. We are contributing to programs facilitated by two
organizations with which we are closely connected. These groups
have accountability structures in place. Tax deductible gifts can
be sent through the Lampstand. You can be confident
that your money is well used by these ministries because their philosophy
is to help people become independent again.
The Sundanese Center
This is the organization we call The Lampstand Center. This is
not a welfare organization and it normally does not dispense funds.
But the severity of the economic situation among the Sundanese means
we have to respond to the needs of the poor. The Sundanese Center's
primary effort is to provide money for education. Although they
have distributed rice from time to time, that is not a major project.
We are working to save a generation of children from being denied
education due to the impoverishment of their families. The financial
collapse in Indonesia has been devastating.
Couple Praying with Children
A Second Organization
The second organization with which we cooperate is located in a
city different from the group mentioned above. One of Lampstand's board members works closely with them. They cooperate
with several local foundations to distribute food and necessities
to the poor. However, their main ministry is in training workers
to minister effectively and efficiently cross culturally to Sundanese.
An increase in workers this year requires an increase in start up
funds. These funds are used to rent houses, get necessary equipment,
and other capital outlay needs.