In 1978 the founders of The Elijah Challenge began as missionaries to remote regions of Indonesia—the world’s fourth most populous, predominantly Muslim nation—preaching the gospel and making disciples among those who had never heard the gospel. They have been happily married for 45 years (as of 2019) and counting.
At the very beginning of our ministry in 1978 we spent nearly nine years preaching the gospel and making disciples in primitive unreached areas of Indonesia. When we first arrived in Indonesia, I had followed Jesus for only two years. But my experience with the Lord was such that I gave up the “American Dream” and my advanced degrees—I was within about a year of getting my Ph.D. at the University of California—to take my wife overseas to preach the gospel to those who never heard. When we left America, we had no financial support from any church, no sending mission board or agency, no training in missions, no missionary visa, and no idea how or where we were going to begin after arriving in Indonesia. We went by radical faith in the Lord who commanded us to “go.” But the Lord was faithful….