Published: 00:01 GMT Standard Time - Thursday 08 March 2012
Lent Prayer - Indonesia
Project(s): 22-828, 22-1017
Country/Region: South and East Asia, Indonesia
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.
|The church-planting ministry
of this Indonesian couple
is sponsored by Barnabas Fund
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 and churches in recent years. More than 50 churches have also been shut down or demolished by the authorities since the start of 2010, often after protests from radical Muslim groups.
The authorities have encouraged Muslims to migrate into Christian-majority areas; once they outnumber the Christians, they can press for the imposition of sharia. Various Muslim-majority provinces have enacted sharia regulations, and some of these apply to Christians as well as Muslims. The churches are also 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 refused to comply with a Supreme Court order of 2010 that the church be re-opened, saying that churches should not be built on streets with Islamic names. The congregation had been holding its services on the street, but in November 2011 security forces and Islamists blocked all access roads to the church to prevent them from gathering. The Christians were forced to meet in the home of a church member.
Barnabas Fund projects include:
- Church planters (Ref. 22-828)
- Prayer ministry (Ref. 22-1017)
This article is taken from
“Praying for the Persecuted Church in Lent 2012” -.