Posted by: Taylor | August 16, 2007

A New Beginning in Indonesia: A Special Multimedia Report

God has used Samaritan’s Purse to rebuild communities and lives in areas devastated by the tsunami.  Read the story below of Panga, a community completely destroyed, and one which Samaritan’s Purse has completely rebuilt. 

Follow this link to view a 10 minute video, slide show, and photo gallery of the rebuilding in Indonesia.

To support the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse to hurting people around the world, please visit their Donation page.

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For more than two years, Samaritan’s Purse has worked to rebuild the remote Indonesian community of Panga that was devastated by the tsunami in December 2004.

At a recent ceremony to commemorate the completion of our work in Panga, the leader of our team country in Indonesia, shared the story of the Good Samaritan.

“We came to help you in your time of need,” he said. “You have suffered much, but together we are rebuilding. We did all these things because, like the Good Samaritan, it was the right thing to do. Even though we are different people, even though we have different beliefs and customs, we wanted to help you.”

A government official attending the ceremony was touched by the story.

“This is the first time I have heard the story of the Good Samaritan,” said Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Director of the BRR, the agency in charge of post-tsunami reconstruction in Indonesia. “The message of the story is that in this world there are people who are suffering-suffering from natural disasters, suffering from other things beyond their control. Fortunately, there are also people who are ready to help them and give them hope.”

Samaritan’s Purse virtually restored an entire community that was destroyed by the deadly waves of the tsunami. With the Lord’s help, we built over 1,000 houses, four schools, two medical clinics, and a community center. We also provided fishing boats and nets to allow men to return to their livelihood. Our staff trained teachers in counseling methods, in curriculum, and in leading after-school activities.

“The people of this district are some of the happiest people because you provided them with all of the facilities for the future,” Mangkusubroto said. “Not only houses, but health facilities, schools, and livelihood training. Our skin colors are different, our beliefs are different, but I am touched that you have come here to restore hope,”

The ceremony was a celebration of our work in Panga. It was attended by government officials, many of the people who received new homes, and teachers and students from the new schools.

Ridwan, a junior high teacher and counselor, said the training we provided in the schools will allow our work to continue even when we leave.

“I am so thankful that Samaritan’s Purse helped us with the building, but the most important thing was the training,” he said. “The training is really important for us, the teachers and the students. I see the students have more enthusiasm to study and attend after-school activities. Before when you asked them what they wanted to be someday, they said farming, or perhaps a policeman. That’s the highest they could be. Now they say, ‘I want to be a doctor, or a teacher.’ ”

Panga is a Muslim community. Many people were suspicious of a Christian organization when we began our work. Now, many attitudes have been changed.

“We are grateful that you came to help us,” said a home recipient named Nasir, who heads an after-school program at the new community center. “We were still living in tents when we heard that you were coming here. We were so happy when we heard you had a program to build houses. It was a surprise that Samaritan’s Purse not only built beautiful houses but also schools. When you leave, it is like being separated from our mother. But we will always remember the help you have given us.”

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