Indonesia – Young Badminton champion gives touching Christian testimony during Salesian video program

04 June 2021

(ANS – Jakarta) – Indonesia is one of the few countries in the world that have been producing the world's best badminton athletes. Today, the country has Jonatan Christie, a 23-year-old Catholic, who occupies the 7th position of the world men's singles rankings according to the latest update of BWF World Rankings. Jojo, as he is best known in Indonesia, spontaneously gave his quick response “yes” when he was asked to be the guest at the regular Thursday evening live show on the Salesian Don Bosco Indonesia's YouTube channel. He was asked just about 2 weeks before the actual show. He knew that the event was a purely religious activity and that he was expected to share his faith experience with the mostly Catholic audience.

The show was held on Thursday evening, 27 May 2021, at 19:00 Indonesian time. In that episode of the talk show, he shared his understanding of the glory of God and how he lives in the spirit of gratitude for the greatness of the Lord that has been so vital for his life as a young Catholic and a national and international badminton player.

Jojo encouraged his fellow youth to glorify the Lord in whatever undertaking according to each one’s profession and career, where a person can find or bring meaning to his or her own life, and the life of others. Everyone should accept the fact that he or she is merely the instrument that God uses to show or reveal His glory to the world.

Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world by the number of faithful with circa 202.9 million faithful (87.2% of the Indonesian population in 2011). Conversely, in the Indonesian archipelago the Christian presence is rather limited, equal to about 10%, with only 2.91% being Catholics.

Among Jojo's best achievements, both in national and international titles, is one that Jojo is very much remembered by Indonesians: his gold medal of the latest Asian Games held in Jakarta in 2018.

Please follow the full show here.


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