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Indonesia: How a sacrificial duck became a witnessing tool

The leader of a Hindu temple in Indonesia needed a special duck to sacrifice to one of his gods, as a protection against disease. Then he met a Christian ministry leader.

‘Can you help me find such a duck?’ the Hindu priest asked. The Christian ministry leader seized the opportunity. He explained the role of animal sacrifices in ancient Israel and how they were no longer necessary because the blood of Jesus Christ is the perfect, final, and sufficient offering for the forgiveness of sins. He also cited a passage from the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita, explaining that the life of God is the only sacrifice needed. The Hindu leader was stunned, returned many times to ask questions about Jesus, and now calls himself a believer.

Hindus represent only 1.7 percent of the population of Indonesia, while 87.2 percent are Muslim and less than 10 percent are Christian. Last year this indigenous Christian leader saw 54 people decide to follow Jesus, and 13 were baptized. The ministry conducts outreaches in Central Sulawesi, Bali, and other islands, and trains evangelists and pastors. As a result of their outreaches, they have seen teenage children changed and entire communities transformed.

Source: Christian Aid Mission
Joel News International, # 1038, May 22, 2017

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