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.
Church Permit Revoked
Recent Prayer Requests
Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
Donate to VOM’s Front-Line Worker Fund
This fund provides front-line workers with much needed support including Bibles, Christian literature, bicycles, support for family, and other needs to enable them to minister in their communities.