Another church in Central Java was forced to close in February. Police, local officials, neighbors and members of the Indonesia Muslim Clerics Council interrupted services on Sunday morning, Feb. 16, to demand that the service be halted. When the pastor boldly told the protestors that he would speak to them after the service, the group allowed him to continue. As the pastor met with police after the service, neighbors gathered outside the building to call for its closure. Although the church had obtained legal standing in 2017, the pastor verbally agreed to stop Christian activities for the time being. Pray for church leaders as they determine the best course of action. Pray that church members will have no fear of meeting together for worship.
Church in Central Java Forced to Close
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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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