Quick Stats as at 2012
|No. of Companies||25|
|No. of Officers
No. of Members
|Contact Point||Saud Tanamassa
The Boys’ Brigade in Indonesia started in 1984 through the initiative of The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore. Mr Sam Tan from BB Singapore approached GMI or Gereja Methodist Indonesia (The Methodist in Indonesia) in Medan, Sumatera island with the idea of starting a Christian uniform ministry for children and youth. This followed by GMI sending a delegation of three church officials to Singapore in June 1994 to learn more about the ministry.
The delegations came back and reported their findings to GMI. After some consideration and discussion during their meeting , the Methodist Church in Indonesia (GMI) decided to enroll the BB Ministry as one of the church children and youth ministry. The ministry was named PUTRA PENGABDI or ‘Serving Boy’ and adopted the BB philosophy, methodology and program.
The First Company sponsored by the South Medan Methodist Church (Gereja Methodist Medan Selatan) was formally established in 1986. The second company was formed three years later and it was soon followed by the third company in 1990.
Although BB in Indonesia in the 1990s went through a turbulent years, we thank the Lord for his sustaining love and having heard the cries of His servant. Mr Lim K Tham, the Executive Director of BB Singapore made several visits to Medan to help. This was followed by countless of mission minded BB officers from Singapore and Malaysia to help propel the BB work in Indonesia. The perseverance paid off with the emergence of a new generation of local Indonesian BB leaders. They took on the challenge and their love for God’s children and youth are the result of what BB Indonesia is today.
Today there are 10 BB companies in the island of Sumatera.
The BB ministry did not come to Jawa Island until the year of 2004. An Indonesian lady, Mrs Magdalena, a home school owner in the city of Surabaya saw the BB in action during of her visit to Singapore. Her curiosity led her to enquire about this uniform body. She was not disappointed and was elated to find out that it is a Christian based uniform body for children and youth. It was God’s answered prayer to her and she subsequently contacted the BB Singapore leadership. A delegation of BB leaders from BB Malaysia, BB Singapore and BB in Sumatera went to Surabaya to conduct the inaugural officers training in July 2004. The visit resulted in the birth of two BB companies in Surabaya city. The capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta followed suit with the first company established in 2006.
Today, the BB can be found in the two most populated island of Indonesia, namely Jawa and Sumatera. It does not only confine within the Methodist churches. Like Malaysia and Singapore, the BB has found home in various Christian denominations that profess Jesus is Lord. Realizing the effective platform that the BB could offer, many Christian schools and Pentecostal churches have also taken up the opportunity to adopt the BB ministry.