Fr. Seraphim Scheidler – May his memory be eternal!

Fr. Seraphim Scheidler, a great friend of the Orthodox Church in Indonesia, passed away January 17, 2011. He had struggled with a weak heart condition for many years. Fr. Seraphim loved the Orthodox mission in Indonesia, which he visited twice in an official capacity. In fact, he was ordained to the sub-diaconate at Holy Apostle […]

A Wedding Story

Norberth (Norberthus Analau) was a Charismatic Christian who came from a long line of Pentecostal believers. He is of Chinese descent from the village of Dobo located on a small Mollucan Island southwest of the island of Papua, New Guinea. His family moved to the capital city Jakarta on the island of Java, a six […]

The Spiritual Battle of an Orthodox Christian Young Man

Hi to all the friends reading this wonderful site. My name is Jeff, and I would like to take this privileged opportunity to share my story about how my wife and I discovered and became Christian Orthodox. Both my wife and I, are Indonesian of Chinese descent. We were Christian Protestant, or should I say […]

From the Buddha to Christ — A Young Man’s Journey to the Ancient Christian Church

My name is Johan Trisanjaya. I am of Javanese ethnicity in Indonesia. I was born in 1982 in the village of Prigi in Central Java. I was raised in a Buddhist family; my father is a government servant and my mother is a house wife. Most people in our village are Muslim, but many adhere […]

Muslim attacks on Indonesian Christian Churches in 2010

Theophilus Bela Secretary General of Indonesian Committee on Religion and Peace (IComRP) President of Jakarta Christian Communication Forum (FKKJ) Herewith is the list of attacks on Christian Churches in Indonesia of last year : 1. “Huria Kristen Batak Protestan” Church or Batak Protestant Christian Church in Pesanggrahan, Depok, West Java Province In March 2009 the […]

The Nativity Liturgy and Celebration in Surakarta, Indonesia

Christmas Liturgy was celebrated at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Surakarta, Indonesia on January 6, 2011. The Indonesian Church is under the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), a dependency of the Russian Orthodox Church. It celebrates Christmas on the Julian Calendar. View more pictures of Holy Trinity on the Norbeth Lee Facebook […]

Orthodox Church in Medan perseveres despite great hardship

Christ is born! Glorify Him! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2011! Since Fr Daniel opened our parish St Sergius of Radonesh in Medan City in 2007, our mission has been growing steadily. There are many difficulties and challenges but we persevere. One of the hardest is that we don’t have a place to […]

Indonesian Church helps victims of the Mount Murapi volcano

As you have probably heard, Mount Merapi, a large volcano in Indonesia, erupted last fall. It is a very active volcano and located near Orthodox parishes that have been affected. Though none of the churches were harmed, gifts from Friends of Indonesia have enabled the rebuilding of a damaged parishioner’s house. Presbytera Heleni (wife of […]

FOI helps build Holy Resurrection Church in Papua

The Church of the Holy Resurrection, a new Orthodox parish located in Jayapura, Papua New Guinea, is growing thanks to the hard work of its clergy and parishioners. Their clergy, Fr. Athanasius and Fr. Dcn. Chrysostomos, were both ordained in 2009. The small parish is being built on Fr. Athanasius’s ancestral land, the only thing […]

Fr. Daniel Byantoro: Religious tension in Indonesia continues

Unlike America, Indonesian Christians face challenges from Muslims and others who attempt to harass and intimidate the Christians into silence. Following our Lord and Savior always carries a cost, but that cost is more evident in Indonesia because of the Muslim majority. In many cases it involves using the state apparatus to deny permits and […]