From its very conception in 1991, God’s divine intervention has been evident in the ministry of Pondok Kasih. Although it is now recognized as one of the most prominent foundations in all of Indonesia, Pondok Kasih began at the most grass roots level.
Hana Amalia Vandayani, the founder of the Organization, started by ministering to just one beggar who stood in front of Mama Hana’s church. Feeling convicted by Ezekiel 33:6, which warns that we will be held accountable for telling others about Christ, Mama Hana befriended the woman and brought her into the church. Inside the church, seated beside the beggar, God’s work in Mama Hana’s life was just beginning. Seated on the other side of Mama Hana was a woman named Ruth who was prompted by God to give Mama Hana money to rent a home for the beggar. Seeing through this act how much God cares for the poor, Mama Hana’s heart was transformed with a burning desire to help the poor.
Literally translated, Pondok Kasih means House of Love, and from the first house that was provided for the beggar woman, Pondok Kasih has provided homes where people who are rejected by society can come to feel the acceptance of God’s love. In coming across people with various needs and desires, Mama Hana has been given a vision by God to create homes for the elderly, orphans, recovering drug addicts, prostitutes, and others who are considered unlovable by the rest of society. God has brought countless people who also have a desire to see these people receive the love of Christ to help Mama Hana in her ministry.
In addition to providing physical homes, Pondok Kasih also provides spiritual homes for people to come worship and hear teaching from God’s word. Recognizing a need to have a place where those who are even rejected by the church can come to worship, Mama Hana began a large weekly meeting, in a sports stadium known as Gelora. Each week, over 3000 slum residents come to Gelora and are encouraged through worship, teaching, and food distribution.
Throughout the years, Pondok Kasih has expanded to include orphanages, drug rehabilitation centers, training and education centers, medical clinics, convalescent homes, water filters for individual families in small villages, and countless other programs. As the ministry has grown, they have been blessed to partner with national and international foundation such as; the Indonesian Relief Fund, Samaritan’s Purse, Children’s Hunger Fund, Woodland Foundation, International Needs, His Mission, Go Hawaii and many more. Presently the ministry has grown to blessed more than 150 slum communities of Surabaya, cities and provinces of Indonesia.