Michael Hughes and Ger White
Tue 22 Apr 2014 11:30
Well may you ask about a church service on a remote island off the coast of Nias, which is off the coast of Sumatra. Yes, Indonesia in a Muslim country, but this part of Indonesia-- the Island chain off Sumatra--is, once you get south of Simeulue, predominantly Christian. Over 80%. So on Nias, and now in the outer islands, we see churches, not mosques.
The church on Asu, a basic building, but the best on the island, is Protestant. We went to the Easter service, congregation of maybe 30, and 2 preachers, but despite the small numbers, when they sang--which was most of the time as they only want short sermons--the sound was terrific.
Today we sailed off to Lagudri, on the south coast of Nias. Nice sail for a change as wind is usually hard to come by. This place is a surfers Mecca. Even though the season is still a month away, there is a big break at the entrance to the bay with a couple of dozen surfers on it. But our anchorage is reasonably protected from the Indian Ocean swell. We'll go ashore tomorrow and see what there is to be seen.
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