Two Christian men were imprisoned in February for distributing gospel tracts on the island of Sumatra. Andreas Sarno and Bintang Sirait distributed several copies of a booklet about Jesus Christ in a Muslim-majority region near their home in Jambi City, something Andreas has done regularly since his partial retirement five years ago. As the two men took a coffee break, several young men confronted them and told them the booklets were heretical. Members of a radical Muslim group then came and took them to a police station, where they were interrogated and detained for 20 days before being transferred to prison. Pray for these men and their families, and pray that the seeds planted through the booklets will bear fruit, even in the lives of the Islamists.
Two Believers Arrested for Sharing Gospel Tracts
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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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