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WHO IS THE LEADER OF indonesia?

The leader of Indonesia is President Joko Widodo, who was elected in July 2014.

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HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN indonesia?

There are 32.4 million Christians living in Indonesia. They make up 12.1 per cent of the total population of 266.8 million. The majority of the population are Muslims.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN indonesia?

Although Indonesia’s constitution promotes religious freedom, Islamic extremist groups are becoming more influential in pushing for an Islamic nation. Some regions of Indonesia already operate under Islamic law (Sharia), which poses a threat to Christians and other religious minorities.  

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN INDONESIA?

Believers from Muslim backgrounds often face persecution from their families and communities and are put under pressure to renounce their faith. Churches are hard to build; even if congregations manage to fulfil all the legal requirements, local authorities can still deny them permission. Children of Christians often face verbal abuse; they are called infidels and are sometimes made to sit at the back in class.

While believers in Indonesia don’t usually face violent persecution, in 2018, 18 Christians were killed and many more wounded in a co-ordinated suicide bomb attack on three churches in the city of Surabaya. Robby, pictured above, was one of the survivors. Incredibly, he has been able to forgive those who attacked the church. He says, “As Christians, we are taught to forgive. Revenge doesn’t get us anywhere; the cycle of violence will never be broken. The Bible says ‘do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.” Your support and prayers helped Open Doors to provide financial support for families affected by the bombing.

 
"It hurts when I lay down. Then, as I remembered that Jesus was scourged, I suddenly felt like His arms were holding me and the pain began to ease."
- Robby, injured in the Surabaya church bombing
 

HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN INDONESIA?

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You can give to provide vital support

Open Doors supports persecuted believers in Indonesia by providing training, Bibles and Christian literature, socio-economic development projects, relief aid and advocacy support.

Every £50 could help provide trauma care for a believer in Indonesia.

 
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You can tell others

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You can pray

Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.” 

A PRAYER FOR INDONESIA

Lord Jesus, we lift to You our brothers and sisters in Indonesia, and in particular we ask for Your blessing on those who are still healing from the effects of the recent natural disasters. Grant them Your peace and Your love, and bring healing and restoration to Your church. Give Your people courage to stand up for You in the midst of such dangerous circumstances.  

 

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