After Muslims in Sari Agung hamlet objected to a Pentecostal Church in Indonesia that was meeting in a neighborhood home, local officials agreed to close the church. As about 40 Christians worshiped under a blue tarp on Sunday, Aug. 25, police arrived to halt the service and inform the believers that they had to stop worshiping there. The congregation objected vehemently but was forced to comply. Although Indonesian law guarantees religious freedom, the establishment of a church must be approved by 60 percent of nearby neighbors. Pray that the congregation will find a solution that allows them to meet while maintaining peace with neighbors.
Another Church Closed
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.