Pastor Novi loves children. When she and her two daughters moved to Sentasi-Papua, Indonesia two years ago to start evangelistic work, she noticed that there are many grade school children who struggle with or don’t know how to read. She saw this need as an opportunity to start Nazarene Papua Kids Reading House.
Nazarene Papua Kids Reading House hopes to reach children in the community and teach them to read well and fluently while also sharing the love of Jesus with them and their parents. This idea came to Pastor Novi when one day, she went to her mother’s house to pick up her children. Her mother is a school principal and has accumulated a lot of books. During her visit, she has books that will be disposed of and burned. She told her mother if she can have the books so she can start a reading class in her house.
When she started the reading house, only 5-7 children are participating. But today, about 20 children come regularly. The reading house is open every Tuesday and Friday from 3-5 PM. Pastor Novi would pick up the children from their house to the reading house using her motorcycle to make sure that the children are safe. Novi together with her sister Joice prepares different activities for the children.
Nazarene Papua Kids Reading House is making an impact in the community. God is using the ministry to reach and build relationships with the families as well. One of the fathers of the child going to the reading house came and requested prayer for healing. And after being healed, he took his whole family to worship at the church where Pastor Novi serves. Even the children who come to the reading house also go to church with Pastor Novi.
- Please pray for Pastor Novi and the Nazarene Papua Kids Reading House.
- Pray for the continued provision of books and supplies as more children come to participate in their weekly activities. Several months ago, the reading house was flooded and they lost a significant amount of books.
- Pray for the families of the children that they will feel the love of Jesus through Pastor Novi and the people working in the reading house.