|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Joko Widodo|
Islamic extremism and intolerance towards Christians has increased in Indonesia. In May 2018, three churches were bombed in Surabaya. A study conducted in the same month found that 24% of university students interviewed agreed with radical Islamic ideology.
Many churches are still unable to receive building permits despite meeting all the requirements. Local authorities are afraid of seeming to support the growth of Christianity. Part of the current disunity in the church in Indonesia is caused by the fear of openly accepting Christians with a Muslim background. Some fear negative repercussions from the Islamic community. This is more common for rural churches than those in Indonesian cities.
Those who leave Islam to follow Jesus often have to hide their Bibles and Christian books. They risk being attacked by their friends and family. Some are put under house arrest until they return to Islam.
“God’s Word says that He will never let me be tempted beyond my strength. His promise has become my strength. Alvaro is my only child and I have to be strong.” – Alvaro’s Father from Indonesia.
In East Borneo in 2016, an attacker threw petrol bombs into the children’s playground of a local church. Alvaro (4) was left with serious injuries and two years on continues to undergo surgery. Open Doors visited the family and provided them with practical support, books and toys.
Open Doors works to strengthen the church in Indonesia by preparing them for persecution, delivering Bibles and Christian literature and providing emergency relief to persecuted Christians.
Pray for Christians in Indonesia as they continue to share the gospel regardless of the cost.
Pray for God to change the hearts of Islamic extremists, and that they become powerful evangelists for Jesus’ sake.