"Jadi apabila anak itu memerdekakan kamu, kamupun benar-benar merdeka" (Yohanes 8:36)

Pastor Simon Neo (Executive Director)


Thanks and praise to the Lord! YBMI has entered into our 7th year of grateful ministry for God. As I reminisce upon YBMI’s footsteps on this journey of faith, my thoughts flow towards the initial vision from God which led to the founding of YBMI’s ministry. I was invited in 1994 by PGTI to preach at the “Evangelism in the Year 2000” series of Gospel rallies in 8 cities in East, West and Central Java, and to share the vision of Gospel-based Drug Rehabilitation. The Gospel is the power of God and by our Lord Jesus Christ, those in bondage are released, the oppressed are delivered, the blind can see, the suffering receive peace, despair is turned to hope, lost souls are redeemed and broken families are restored.

YBMI’s theme for the 7th anniversary celebrations is “Praise Him for His Mighty Acts!”We hope to demonstrate an exceptionally important truth to the world: what is impossible with man, is possible with God. We firmly believe that in Christ, drug addicts will see the light of hope in their lives. According to Mark 5:1-20, there was a demon possessed man in Gerasenes who lived naked in a cemetery, shouting day and night and hurting himself with sharp stones. He broke the chains that were used to restrain him and no one dared to go near him nor help him. We thank God that one day, Jesus arrived in the region and His love and mercies came upon this man, delivering him completely from bondage and bestowing a new life upon him. When this man experienced God’s grace, he wanted to follow Jesus, but the Lord had greater plans for him, and He told the man: ”Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you." So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him.”

Today, the Lord’s love is upon Indonesia as many young lives are being hurt by addiction to drugs, and the number of drug addicts in Indonesia now stands at 3.2 million. Each day, 40 to 50 drug addicts die from an overdose, which translates into nearly 15,000 such deaths each year. The problem of drug abuse is a crisis in modern day society. Countless youths with bright futures destroyed themselves, hurt their families, and disrupted society after they were involved in drugs. Many of them have lost their prospects or even their lives. One man’s drug addiction can lead to woe for the entire family, and many families have fallen victim to drugs. Crimes in society, the spread of incurable diseases, and family breakdowns are all inseparable from the drug problem. Gospel-based Drug Rehabilitation is the work of God in this degenerate era, manifesting His power, love, and compassion. In response to the Macedonian Call of drug addicts, YBMI begun its drug rehabilitation ministry efforts by the promise of the Lord: “If the Son therefore shall set you free, You shall be free indeed.” YBMI continues to serve the Lord and help those who are bound by drugs through faith in God’s word and empowerment by God’s grace. Praise the Lord! He had also raised God-loving brethren to come forward with a burden of love to contribute towards our ministry’s work. The road to serve drug addicts is not an easy road. It is narrow and perilous, but the Lord’s companionship and co-labour was always present. Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him (Psalm 126:5-6)

Dear brothers and sisters, the Lord said to the disciples in Matthew 9:35-38: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest” The calamitous tide of drugs is a very real concern for today’s society and every family in Indonesia. We pray for God to touch the church leaders and our brothers and sisters in Christ to play a part in stemming the drug epidemic in this heavenly mission to glorify God and bring salvation to man. The Lord Jesus Christ had indeed paid a heavy price to save us from the clutches of sin. He had done great things in our lives and gave us the opportunity to serve in His ministry to seek and save the lost. The fruits we enjoy today are all born of the Lord’s love and mercy. Let us praise Him for His mighty acts all through our lives!