Indonesia is a country that celebrates ethnic diversity and mutual respect. Yet the people still struggle with poverty, inadequate infrastructure, and unequal resource distribution.

With a population of 248 million people spread over 6,000 islands (17,508 islands in total), Indonesia has 684 airports and is divided into three time zones!

Located at the edges of the Pacific, Eurasian and Australian tectonic plates, natural hazards include 76 historically active volcanoes, occasional floods, severe droughts, tsunamis, earthquakes and forest fires. Since 2001, nearly 200,000 people have died as a result of natural hazards and millions rendered homeless or displaced.

Indonesia is a founding member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a member of the G-20 major economies. The Indonesian economy is the largest in South East Asia and the world's 17th largest by nominal GDP. Although Indonesia outperformed its regional neighbours and joined China and India as the only G-20 members posting growth in 2009, it still struggles with poverty and unemployment, inadequate infrastructure, corruption, a complex regulatory environment and unequal resource distribution.

As the 4th most populous country in the world, Indonesia consists of many distinct ethnic, linguistic and religious groups. The Javanese are the largest and most dominant ethnic group (42%). There are around 300 distinct native ethnicities in Indonesia, and 742 different languages and dialects. Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), a form of Malay, is taught in schools, and has thus become the language of business, politics, national media, education and academia. 86.1% of the population considers themselves Muslim and 5,85% Christian (5,6% Evangelical).

Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, and is the country's economic, cultural and political centre.


OM Indonesia works in partnership with a local church, which runs a soccer and basketball school. More than 300 children aged 5-18 years participate in the soccer programme. Eighty players receive a sports scholarship and Christian education through the school.

The team is looking into other sports which can be used to reach the unreached. If you would like to get involved, please contact [email protected]


With an increasing number of foreign scholarship opportunities being made available to university students, English is becoming more important and highly sought after. Mercy Teams International has a small work in a major city in Indonesia, building relationships with students through teaching English and assisting them with their studies.

For more information, contact [email protected]

Pray for Indonesia

Thank You, Father, for the colorful and multicultural islands of Indonesia. Thank You for on-going sports and language ministries. We pray for this country and its many problems, ranging from a bad infrastructure over poverty ro natural disasters like tsunamis and droughts. We pray that Your truth will bring hope and peace to the mainly Muslim people of Indonesia despite all outward difficulties.

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