The Adventist Church in Indonesia, a Time Line

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Indonesia, A Chronology

1893
R. W. Munson opened a home for orphans in Singapore.

1899
November 11, R. W. Munson leaves New York for Padang, Sumatra to work among the Chinese there. They meet Tay Hong Siang, one of the first three boys to be admitted to the Singapore orphanage, now working in Padang. Tay and his wife and baby come to live and work with the Munson family. Tay has already found one Chinese man was has accepted the Gospel and has already begun keeping the Sabbath.

1900
Munson begins an English language school in Padang. He calls it a mission school, “pure and simple”.
December 1, The Australasian Union Record presents a major mission study of what was then called Malaysia by R. W. Munson

1902
E.H. Gates visits with Munson. They travel to Deli, Penang, and other places. They seek to extend the work.

1904
Pastor G. F. Jones and wife and
Brother R. A. Caldwell sail for the East Indies to open a mission in Singapore.

1905
Brother and Sister E. C. Davey to Singapore as medical missionaries.

1906
In February, Brother F. Parkin reached Singapore; an evangelical canvasser.

In the Dutch East Indies, to proselyte among the Mohammedans is forbidden by law; but there is no law to forbid the circulation of religious literature.

1909
R. W. Munson returns to Java from Australia as a translator at Soekaboemi
Miss Janz gives “to us oversight of her little colony of two hundred persons.”

1910
The Malay Messenger of Truth Begins

1911
The first baptism in Java

1912
The first SDA Church organized on Java

1913
Tha Malaysian Union Mission organized, included: Sumatra and East and West Java

1921
Samuel Rantung’s work leads to a church organazed in the Celebes.

1926
People from the Lake Toba region request instruction in the Bible. Some already keeping the Sabbath.

1927
Petition sent to Batavia requesting Religious Liberty for Central Sumatra. (Kime)

1929
Territory organized as the Netherlands East Indies Union Mission with 1700 members and 48 churches and companies.
West Java Mission, H. Eelsing reports.
22 Sabbath Schools, 698 members
7 Church Schools, 650 students
Central Sumatra (Batakland) Youngberg reports on work of Kime.
Sister Kime very sick, they are on leave.
School and Medical Work
January 1929, Religious Liberty granted to Kime’s work.

1940-1944
Dutch Government inters all Germans missionaries.

1952
Church Membership reaches 10 000

1962
Chruch Membership reaches 20 000

2003
Inodnesia divided into East Indonesian Union Conference and West Indonesian Union Mission;
part of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division
1100 Churches
200 000 members

Sources:

Land, G (2005). Historical Dictionary of Seventh-day Adventists: Historical Dictionaries of Religions Philosophies, and Movements, No. 56. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0810853450, 9780810853454. 419 pages. Available as a Google Book ***Here***
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Australasian Union Record
Asiatic Division Outlook

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