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Indonesia - Help Needed to Restore Destroyed Christian Village

24 September 2008

A home flattened in the viole

We reported in May on the destruction of Horale, a mainly Christian village in a remote area of Maluku province in Indonesia. It is home to 175 families. On the night of 2 May a mob from a predominantly Muslim village nearby attacked Horale, wounding 56 Christians and brutally killing four, including an 84-year-old man and a six-year-old girl. The local school, three churches and 120 houses were burnt down and crops, fishing boats and motor-cycles destroyed. The villagers fled to the jungle to hide from the attackers.

A scene of destruction from Horale

Barnabas Fund is helping the Christians of Horale to rebuild their homes and their lives.
The first grant was sent earlier this month. The main aim is to help the villagers to reconstruct up to 120 houses, by providing funds to cover the building materials. An average house costs about £1,000, and the villagers will do the building work themselves. If sufficient funds are available Barnabas Fund intends also to assist with the reconstruction of the community centre and village school, and also to provide fishing boats.

In order to highlight the plight of the Christians of Horale we have put together a Powerpoint presentation containing background information and images which could be used within a church service or study group. Download as a Powerpoint presentation, or PDF.

Will you help the Christians of Horale to rebuild their lives?

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If you can help, please click this link to donate online using our secure server. (Please quote project reference 22-753). If you prefer to telephone, dial: 0800 587 4006 from within the UK or +44 1672 565031 from outside the UK. (Please quote project reference 22-753)

If you prefer to send a cheque by post: Click this link for addresses of our regional offices. (Please quote project reference 22-753).

Other ways to help

Purchase a copy of the CD “Hearts of Faith, songs of the suffering church” as commended by Sir Cliff Richard.  (At least 90% of the purchase price will go to Barnabas Fund projects helping Christians in Indonesia).  This CD contains songs written and performed by Christians from Malukus, Indonesia, an area where Christians have been severely persecuted.  They come out of a genuine understanding of what it means to “take up your cross daily and follow me” Luke 9:23 and are filled with a passionate love for God.

For more information and to listen to extracts of the songs follow this link: Hearts of Faith.