East Timor is a country in Southeast Asia. It comprises the eastern half of the island of Timor, the nearby islands of Atauro and Jaco, and Oecusse, anexclave on the northwestern side of the island, within Indonesian West Timor. East Timor has a lower-middle-income economy. About 37.4% of the country’s population lives below the international poverty line which means living on less than U.S. $1.25 per day and about half or 50% of the population is illiterate.

Secretary: Stephen Taylor, easttimor@acbm.org.au

Ecclesias: 1 (14 members; 12 contacts)

ACBM activities

Activities in East Timor started in 2004 by advertising in the local English Newspaper.  During the last few years we have had the opportunity to talk to students learning English at the local university.  Most of the ecclesia in Dili has developed from this programme.  Since the first baptism in 2010 we now have 14 brothers and one sister.  As most of our brothers have come from various districts around the country for their studies we look forward to the Good News of the Kingdom of God being extended throughout the region.  Fieldworkers are always welcome.  It’s only a little over a one hour flight from Darwin.

Report from 2018

So that the truth grows in this country we have set some goals which we believe will assist greatly. All our members are young. Most have been university students, who were attracted to the truth through the diligent preaching of one particular brother.

Firstly, our goals for the future until our Lord returns are to encourage all in personally preaching the truth of God’s Word.

Secondly, given there is only one sister, for practical reasons there is a need to attract female converts to the truth. Our aim is that all fieldworker visits should include sisters as a means of introducing the Truth among East Timor’s female population.

Thirdly, We intend to develop ecclesial management skills, so the brethren might grow into an autonomous ecclesia. That is always the aim in Mission areas, but with a young ecclesia it takes time.
Exhortations have been provided weekly over the last few years but we are encouraged that as our brethren grow in the Truth they are taking on these roles and sharing these duties. They will obviously benefit from their own personal study as well as the ecclesia as a whole.

The Bible week in Solo Indonesia was a highlight of this year’s activities. Through some very generous donations, ten of our brethren and the one sister were able to travel to Indonesia for the Bible Week. All who attended gained much from the studies on Samson and Ruth. They also developed new friendships with brethren and sisters from their nearest neighbours in the region.

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