Jan 23, 2020 • Indonesia

Church Permit Revoked

A mayor in Tanjung Pinang revoked the building permit of the Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI) just days before Christmas. On Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, a group of police and city officials removed the building-permit placard from church property. Local reports stated that the church, located in the Indonesian islands just south of Singapore, had violated permitting rules, but church leaders dispute the claim. The mayor who revoked the building permit had previously seemed supportive of the church, even attending its groundbreaking ceremony in 2008. In a Facebook post, the church’s pastor wrote an open letter to the mayor, promising to pray for him.

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