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Former Governor Ahok in Prison

Jakarta’s former governor Ahok is a Christian. He recently was sentenced to two years in prison. 

During Ahok’s three years in office, more than 80% of people were satisfied with his performance. But during this year’s elections voters were told not to elect a non-Muslim as their leader. Ahok’s response included a reference to the Quran. Radical Islamic organisations took to the streets in protest, saying he had blasphemed Islam.

On 9 May 2017 after the increased pressure led to Ahok being sentenced to two years in prison, Ahok decided not to appeal his sentence for the sake of his country.

“For the sake of our people and country, I see that the ongoing rallies and mass demonstrations would cause economic losses to Jakarta citizens,” Ahok said. “It is then not right to demonstrate against this process I am going through.”

When he was arrested, his wife reported, “We met him in prison... we hugged, we cried. The whole thing happened so fast.” Ahok does not have a phone or a television in the police facility, his only book was a Bible. “He loves reading his Bible. He has it with him and he can pray whenever he wants.”

Ahok needs your prayers and encouragement. We will be sending your prayers and letters to him in prison.

Please send cards and letters by 20 December to PO Box 51236 Tawa, Wellington 5249, New Zealand 

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Writing Guidelines

  • Print clearly in English
  • Be brief and encouraging
  • Include 1–2 Bible verses
  • Provide your name and country (not your full address)
  • It is best to send greeting cards, artwork from children and postcards (send postcards in an envelope, do not write Open Doors' address on the postcard)
  • Please don't mention Open Doors
  • Don't send money
  • Please don't criticise a country or make proposals to help


"I am so happy because I know that I am not alone and that other believers out there are praying for me."
- Mercy James, Nigeria

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