IreneTarigan

Jakarta

Irene Tarigan is an Indonesian professional who quit her stable, high-paying job to launch the Chinese Ministry Center in Jakarta, a center of influence impacting the city’s growing Chinese population. The center includes a health food store—proceeds from which pay the rent—a lecture hall, and space for worship and prayer. Since then, the center has steadily gained a reputation for supporting late-stage cancer patients whose doctors have given up on them, they said. The ministry recently outgrew the original center and now includes several satellite centers, each working with 60 to 100 people. Three out of four centers have spawned Adventist congregations that each see an average of 50 visitors every week.