Edwin and Helmi Karwur
Edwin was born into a loving Christian home in Tondano, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. As a childhood, Edwin faithfully attended Sunday School at the local Baptist Church. During high school Edwin, in an attempt to fit in with friends at school, became involved with drugs and alcohol. The death of his parents in the late 80s led Edwin back to God and into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Having Jesus in his life, along with the longing to see his brothers, sisters and friends come to know Christ, led Edwin to make a decision to study at a seminary in 1990.
Helmi was born in Watulaney, a small village in North Sulawesi, Indonesia as the second youngest of six children. Even though she attended church with her mother every Sunday, Helmi didn't come to know the Lord personally and the significance of Christ's saving grace until 1986 when her church held a week long evangelistic campaign.
The desire to serve the Lord through her gifting in the area of music led Helmi to the Indonesian Theological Seminary in 1989.
It was at seminary that Edwin and Helmi met and began to serve the Lord together. In 1991 Helmi graduated and came to Canada, followed by Edwin in 1995. They were married in July 1995, and now have two children, Kyle and Toar.
The Karwurs were appointed in March 2006 by International Ministries to serve in Indonesia in the areas of church planting and Theological Education.
Since their arrival in Indonesia, both Edwin and Helmi have also been involved in facilitating student-run evangelistic campaigns in North Sulawesi and spearhead church planting efforts there through the seminary where Edwin also teaches.