The Project

Living Waters Village is a project of Rivers of Life Ministries Borneo. It all started with a huge building project in the jungle of West Kalimantan. Today about 500 children and youth are living in Living Waters Village.


We have purchased 300 hectares of land (700-800 acres) in the jungle and commenced an extensive building project which will provide accommodation for 1,000 neglected children and schools for 2,000 children, from primary to high school level. So far we have finished various buildings and others are still planned such as homes for girls and boys, various asrama's (homes for about 30 children in all ages together with house elders), workers’ and teachers’ accommodation, training centre, Praise & Worship centre, clinic, bakery, administration building, a nursery for the babies, visitors quarters, radio station, sewing rooms and Bible College.

Apart from children having their physical needs met and receiving an education, they will also be fed and trained spiritually. We equip these young people so that they can return to their villages as well as go into other villages that are unreached to bring the gospel to their people and plant churches.

Founders of the project

Ronny and Kay Heyboer left Australia for Borneo in January 1995. They began their work in the city of Kuching, East Malaysia on the Island of Borneo where Ronny was assisting with the church planting program in a local ministry. In 1997 they relocated to the Indonesian part of Borneo, West Kalimantan, which is where they continue to minister today. 

They moved to the city of Sintang in January 2002 and bought a large plot of land further in the jungle in order to build accommodation and schools for children who are in need. There are now around 500 children and young people living with them. Some of the young people are being supported through tertiary education to gain skills which will benefit the ministry in the future; others are at Bible College at the moment.

Foto: Ronny and Kay Heyboer together with their sons, Joel and Nathaniel


Apart from several young leaders who have completed their Bible College courses, we also have a number of families from around the world who have come to help us. We also have about 50 fulltime labourers whom we employ from the local community. We always welcome visiting teams and individuals who want to come and assist us in some way. Want to know what you can do as a volunteer? Click here!

Living Waters Village
a project of
Rivers of Life Ministries

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