Batam, Indonesia

Our Mission Supported Work in Indonesia

In the early 1990’s Winston Bolt determined to provide a school in Indonesia for the training of preachers and church workers that would benefit the whole nation. Over the past three decades many graduates have been sent to work with local congregations and improve the spiritual and evangelistic status throughout this nation of 13,000 islands. There are those with PhD.’s on the staff, and all teaching is done by faithful New Testament Christian teachers without the need for any USA teachers.

Brother Bolt travels in the summers in the USA to raise funds for the work, and his wife Lusi, an Indonesian citizen, is a great encouragement to him. Years ago the Pasir Panjang congregation, the largest Church of Christ in Singapore (only an hour away by boat), helped Winston start this work on Batam Island (population 1,029,808 as of 2019). The Morgantown, West Virginia, congregation is Winston’s American home, but he considers his real home Batam itself.

Both men and women attend the school, and several baptisms occur each year as a result of the Gospel teaching in the classes. Winston also has a relationship with churches in Texas and Tennessee that support his work.  He at times stays with the Cothams while in the Mid-Tennessee area. Both he and his wife speak Indonesian fluently.