The Evangelical Christian Church in Timor - Gereja Masehi Injili di Timor (GMIT) - is the second largest protestant church in Indonesia with 1,072 ministers in 2,104 congregations serving around 1.5 million members.
Even though GMIT is a large denomination, its people are among the poorest in Indonesia with the vast majority living in rural areas.
GMIT may be described as Reformed in its theology with a special emphasis on the authority of Scripture and a desire to be both contextual and holistic in its mission.
The beginnings of PCI’s partnership with GMIT started in 1972, when Ken and Valerie Newell arrived in East Indonesia. Currently, Barry McCroskery is a member of staff in GMIT’s Kantor Sinode in Kupang, where he assists with partner church relations and diaconal work. He also teaches part-time at the Faculty of Theology at Universitas Kristen Artha Wacana (UKAW), where his wife Elsye is lecturer in New Testament Studies.
PCI Moderator, Rt. Rev. Roy Patton, together with his wife, Daphne, and Nigel Eves, Mission Overseas Development Officer, visited Timor in August 2012.