Protestors have stopped construction of a new church building in Pangkal Pinang on Bangka Island’s east coast. Saint Joseph Church, which received approval for the construction in October 2019, had recently demolished an old structure to make room for the new building. But on Feb. 6, 2020, construction workers were met by a crowd of people protesting the new church building, and opponents of the construction have also sued to have the building permit revoked. When church leaders were unable to calm and disperse the protestors, police took them to the police station. Pray for a peaceful resolution to the disagreement.
Protests Against Churches Continue
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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."
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