The Cate family has been involved with Indonesia since 1968.
The islands of Sumatra, Nias, and the city of Jakarta have been the major focus of our efforts, and have largely influenced our thinking regarding the overwhelming poverty that exists in this third world country.
INDONESIA is located just north of Australia and south of the Philippines, near Singapore, sharing part of her border with Malaysia. The country consists of 17,000 islands, most of which are uninhabited. Some of the larger and better known islands are Sumatra, Borneo, Java, Bali, Celebes, and Papua (New Guinea).
The total population is over 237 million, making it the fourth largest nation in the world. Approximately 80% of the citizens claim to follow Islam, making this the largest Muslim nation on the planet. Indonesia recognizes the following six religions: Islam, Protestantism, Roman Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism.
Jakarta, located on Java, is the capital city with 28 million people.
The island of Nias is home to approximately 800,000 people. Most are living in villages, scattered amongst a varied landscape throughout the island. Some of the villages are located on the main roadways; others are high in the mountains and difficult to reach. Some are only accessible on foot. Though Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, the island of Nias is considered Christian.