This week I’ve been at an event sponsored by the Lausanne Movement called the Younger Leaders Gathering. The event includes evangelical leaders (mostly under 40) from more than 150 countries. The event is being held in a Christian college campus in Jakarta, Indonesia. The sessions have focused on participating in God’s story. There’s also been a lot of opportunities to connect with the other participants, which has been fun.
My last time in the area was more than 10 years ago, so I decided to connect with a few colleagues while I was here. Marnix and Lena are part of Kartidaya, the Wycliffe Global Alliance organization in Indonesia. Kartidaya’s staff are involved in translating God’s word into languages in Indonesia, as well as literacy and development.
Marnix is Kartidaya’s director, and we first met on my trip to Indonesia all those many years ago. He also came for dinner at our house in Orlando a few years after that.
I spent time meeting with Marix and another colleague, Helma (who works in communications for Kartidaya) to talk to them about what was happening with Kartidaya. I hope to send a team out to do some story gathering here in the near future. For now, I got to enjoy the reconnecting with colleagues while eating one of my favorite foods from this part of the world – satay!