Friday, October 28, 2011
Hundreds of Germans people mingled with Indonesian citizens commemorate 150 years of the presence of Christian missionary in the land of Batak Protestant Germany (1861-2011). Commemoration made on Friday (7 / 10) in a small town west of Wuppertal Germany, hometown missionary Dr. Ingwer Ludwig Nommensen prior to evangelize to the Batak lands and succeeded in laying the foundations of the establishment Batak Protestant Christian (HKBP).
|Dr. I.L Nommensen|
For the Batak, Nommensen not just carriers of religious figures. His name is known as a reformer who succeeded in laying the foundations of the education sector, economic, and health in the Land of Batak. Noted, Nommensen had established 510 schools with 32,700 pupils of people, in various regions in North Sumatra, among others, in Balige, Tarutung, Siantar, Sidikalang, Samosir, and Ambarita. Each visit villages, Nommensen also always carry the medicine box, and tried to cure various diseases of local communities.
Nommensen born in Nordstrand, Denmark is now entered German territory on February 6, 1834. He died in Sigumpar, Samosir Toba, North Sumatra on May 23, 1918.
Ingwer Ludwig Nommensen, better known as the greeting Nommensen was a prominent German missionary who had founded the largest church denomination's in Indonesia, namely HKBP.
HKBP stood on October 7, 1861 at Pearaja, Tarutung, North Tapanuli. HKBP is the largest church among the Batak, including among the Protestant churches throughout Indonesia.
Currently, HKBP had a congregation of approximately five million people, scattered throughout the world. Outside the country, several churches HKBP also been developed. As in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Colorado, Tokyo, Germany, and elsewhere. However, despite using the name of Batak, HKBP also open to other races.
Nommensen had a neat story embedded in every Batak society, especially the sub-ethnic Toba. Without him, the Batak believed there would not be able to compete in the middle of the majority tribe in Indonesia today. No wonder the name immortalized Nommensen eventually became the name and symbol of the school, from kindergarten through university.
So glorious, the Batak people confer even the Apostle calls (in Batak language called Apostel) for Nommensen. In fact, as the Apostles in Christianity, is only given to the 12 disciples of Jesus.
Not too much, the title apostle is pinned to the Nommensen very feasible given him. Not for the cult Nommensen, but respect his work is evident in the life of the Batak people. Nommensen has become history for the Batak people.