Published: 00:01 GMT Standard Time - Thursday 08 December 2011
Advent Prayer - Indonesia
Project(s): 22-1017, 22-828
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Indonesia
But you, Bethlehem ... out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel. Micah 5:2
|The church-planting ministry of this Indonesian couple is sponsored by Barnabas Fund|
On Sunday 25 September 2011 a suicide bomber detonated explosives at a church in Solo, Central Java, as the Christians were leaving the building, and 28 people were injured. The bombing may have been a response to clashes earlier that month in Ambon, sparked by false rumours among Muslims in the area that Christians had killed a Muslim taxi driver.
Islamist groups who want to eliminate Christianity from Indonesia and bring the whole country under the rule of sharia have been waging an often violent campaign against Christians in recent years. Many churches have been destroyed and others forced to close by pressure and intimidation. Often the police take no action.
The authorities have encouraged Muslims to migrate into Christian-majority areas; once they outnumber the Christians, they can press for the imposition of sharia. The churches are burdened with restrictions on evangelism, the construction of buildings and involvement in public life. A church in Jalan Abdullah bin Nuh street, Bogor, West Java, had its building permit revoked in 2008, and the local mayor is refusing to allow it to re-open, saying that churches should not be built on streets with Islamic names.
A Christian prayer ministry supported by Barnabas strengthens local churches across Indonesia. Pastors from each region gather for training sessions during the day and revival meetings in the evening. It takes the team several days to reach some of the remote islands. Our grant provides travel and accommodation costs, Bibles for distribution, and expenses for the seminars and meetings.
Barnabas Fund projects in Indonesia include:
- Church planters (Ref. 22-828)
- Prayer ministry (Ref. 22-1017)
This article is taken from
“Praying for the Persecuted Church in Advent 2011” -.