PONOROGO Facts & Stats
Ponorogo is the second level region (district) occupying the southwest side of East Java with the total area of 1,402.92 kilometer square. Ponorogo is bordered by:
According to Government Statistics in 2000, the number of Ponorogo population is 898,341 person. In average, Ponorogo is populate by 579 person per kilometer square.
Administratively, Ponorogo contain assistance to regent authority, 19 subdistricts, 2 assistance subdistricts, 227 villages in urban area, and 26 villages in rural area.
Ponorogo is a city lost in a hypnotizing atmosphere of strong mystical forces. A city overlooked by many churches as a stratigic place of mission and evangelical ministries. Ponorogo has only few believers of Christ. Currently there are only 3 small churches barely surviving in a city desperately in need of the liberating power of the CROSS. The only remedy of this state is the love and salvation that Christ offers.
A sciciety that has been in the dark clouds for many years, Ponorogo is ready for The Light to shine on their lives. Ponorogo has a history of mystics and magics daring back to even before the 12th century. One strong evidence of this practice is the celebration of Reog. Reog is a mask dance that glorify the source of their proclaim strenght - evil beings, involving trances and shows of super mystical powers. Although today, the dances are protrayed as a part of cultural entertainment, practices of magic and sociopathic behaviors (pedophillia between Warok and Gemblak) are still being practiced based on the beliefs of their history.
Many attempt has been made by evangelical churches to start new churches in Ponorogo, but have failed. Present churches are in existance partly because of their high tolerance of local practice and beliefs (sincritism).The Baptist church, is one of the churches that are trying to start new works in Ponorogo. Despite past failure and present resentment, the work will continue. In a place where other spiritual forces is present and at lage, conventional means of mission work have to be accompanied by a more intense spiritual warefare against evil forces that has been blinding the people of Ponorogo for all this years.
One way to help out on the spiritual warefare to wint the city of Ponorogo for Christ is be involved in prayers for the mission works and workers in Ponorogo, and also to pray for the people of Ponorogo including for freedom over the mystical bondage from past history. Take Virtual Prayer Walking Tour, and help the battle.