Central Archipelago

In Central Archipelago, Mustard Seed works in Java, Kalimantan, Bali, and the Lesser Sunda Islands. Our lab school in Java is a model of transformative Christian Education. It produces excellent and loving educators, serves thousands of children, and blesses communities through education, coaching, and discipleship.

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Latest News from Central Archipelago

Female Interns Igniting Transformation in the Toughest Places

2023 has been a remarkable year for the TransformNation teacher-training program. A group of twelve female interns, who graduated in June, have embarked on a quest to bring hope to underserved places. The chart below shows where they are serving. They share their...

Fitri Goes to School

Meet Fitri. At the age of 6, Fitri used to walk 8 km every day to reach the nearest school. But now, she doesn’t have to because her new school is just 10 minutes away. *** “I love to go to school here and I don’t want to go back to my old school, because it’s too...

New Computer Lab Helps with Gender Equality on the Island of Promise

Our hub school on the Island of Promise was able to open a new computer lab. They were able to purchase 21 computers, internet hubs, and other lab equipment. Most people on the island have never used a computer before, including 90% of students at MSI’s school. This...

Leading with Love

By Mrs. Wilson,Principal on the Island of Promise I was challenged a few weeks ago by Paul Richardson’s question, “How are you leading today?” One of my 4th graders, Ani, struggles in school a lot. A few weeks ago we had an English test, and she couldn’t do any of it....

Children Celebrate Christmas in Indonesia

We are happy to share the following pictures of Mustard Seed's children and teachers celebrating Christmas in Indonesia. Thank you for your commitment to loving and serving these children.   If you haven’t made your 2022 donation yet, there are still a few days left...

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from us at Mustard Seed International! Thank you for your commitment to loving and serving children in Indonesia. Click below to see how Indonesian children celebrate Christmas in different islands. 

Children on the Island of Promise Share Their First Mission Trip Journey

Mission trips are part of the curriculum at Mustard Seed schools. Because of the pandemic, this was the first year that the students on the Island of Promise were able to participate in this special experience. "The purpose of the mission trip is to help our students...

The Second Stage of The School Building Development

We are giving thanks for God’s faithfulness and the support from MSI donors, that the hub school on the Island of Promise is entering the second stage of its development. This year, forty more kindergarten students will be accepted as they will have four new...

Living Water Flows On Our Island

Written by By Teacher Ari, MSI Site Leader in the Island of Promise *** Summer 2017. I rode my motorbike through dusty, winding paths on the Island of Promise. It was over 1000 F and it would be three more hours before I reached the village a friend told me about. I...

Expanding Influence Across the Nation

MSI’s Lab School Teams Up with The Indonesian Ministry of Educationto Develop the National Curriculum *** At the close of 2019, the Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture coined the “Freedom to Learn” Movement in order to challenge and transform the rigidity of...
Here we will take a look at the work on the Island of Promise. Because of your support, a hub school is being developed and children are receiving an education at 18 village schools across the island.

Watch How Your Love Reaches Out!

Facts & Figures

Click above to see more pictures of the development of our hub school building on the Island of Promise

Click above to see more pictures of the children & teachers at the hub school

Click above to see more pictures of the children & teachers at the village schools

About the Teachers and the Schools

The works on the Island of Promise consists of the development of one hub school and 18 village schools across the island. The hub school is designed to be financially independent and looking forward to subsidize the other 18 village schools. The village schools practice farming to help the operational cost of the schools.

The schools serve 499 children through 43 teachers, including 7 TransformNation interns: Lydia, Jordan, Erin, Victor, Joy, Mario and Meli.

About the Island

The Island of Promise is known for its thousands of hilly savannahs. Because of it's challenging topography, the villages are scattered on the hills with many disconnected from modern facilities such as electricity and clean water.

There are around 5,3 million people on the island, with 20% of them living in poverty. Most of them are farmers with a nomadic culture. The high school drop out rate had reached 25% and around 429,000 people still can't read and write.

Things to Discuss

1. The Board of Education's data shows that 1,3 million of children on the Island of Promise dropout by the time they reach high school, and more than 400 thousand are still struggling with literacy. Do you think that schools and young teachers can make a difference?

2. Let's discuss how the support from North America has reached these remote villages. What is your advice so we can help more children gain access to education and maximize their potential?

3. What kind of changes would you like to see in the lives of children on the Island of Promise and how can you be a part of those changes?

4. Is there any questions do you have about the work? What would you like to learn or understand better?

Prayer Requests

This is how you can pray for the children and teachers at The Island of Promise

Prayer Requests

1. Please pray for the teachers who are serving children on the Island of Promise. May they continue to be excellent at their work, leading children to know their purpose in God. May Mustard Seed's teachers grow in perseverance with love whenever they serve the children in remote villages.

2. We give thanks for the provision that was utilized to build two classrooms, a playground, and two student bathrooms. Please pray for the provision of the following needs:

* Well drilling. They are struggling to get clean water.

* Adding six more classrooms.

* The ongoing projects: teacher's bathrooms, gymnasium, school fence, floor finishing, and more playground equipment.

3. Please pray for the children and their families. May God protect them against all virus and diseases. Many of them don't have access to heath care facilities and clean water.

Put Love into Action

We are a letter from Christ… written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts
(2 Corinthians 3:3)

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