PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for the safety and persistence of Christians in strongly Islamic areas, as they face more pressure than in other regions. Praise the Lord that the persecution has lessened in recent years.
     
  • Praise Jesus for the early release of Rebekka, Ratna and Eti are now reunited with their families. During their time in prison, they did not waste their time but openly witnessed to the other prisoners and the prison staff. It is reported that they “transformed” the prison, cleaning and scrubbing the cells, working in the garden and painting a room for use as a church. Praise God for how He turned what the devil intended for evil, into something that furthered His kingdom for His glory!
     
  • Pray that the witness of these three women will continue to have a profound effect on those with whom they had been imprisoned. Pray that many will give their lives to the Lord Jesus whom they follow and who was able to give them peace.
     
  • Pray for the alleviation of burdening issues like poverty, preventing terrorism, consolidating democracy after four decades of authoritarianism, implementing financial sector reforms, stemming corruption and holding the military and police accountable for human rights violations.

 

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FACTS
Population:  244,232,000
Total People Groups: 784
Unreached People Groups:229
Region: Southeast Asia
Official National Language: Indonesian
Secondary National Language:
Religions: Islam 79.5%, Christianity 13.2%, Ethnic Religions 4.8%, Hinduism 1.5%, Non-Religious 0.6%, Buddhism 0.4%
Persecution Ranking: 43
Percentage of People in Poverty:  17.8%

LOCATION
Indonesia is a string of 17,000 islands, which stretches between Thailand and the northern tip of Australia in the Indian Ocean. Indonesia, part of the “ring of fire,” has the largest number of active volcanoes in the world. Earthquakes are frequent. Wallace's line, a zoological demarcation between Asian and Australian flora and fauna, divides Indonesia.

Over the last few years, Indonesia has experienced horrific natural disasters, enduring unthinkable casualties and destruction. On Dec. 26, 2004, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, whose epicenter was off the west coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, caused a tremendously powerful tsunami in the Indian Ocean that devastated 12 Asian countries. At least 225,000 people died in the disaster, and millions were left homeless. Indonesia was the heaviest hit, with more than 150,000 casualties. Many of the deaths occurred in the war-torn province of Aceh. Estimates show that 417,124 displaced people, 55 percent of them children, are still living in temporary shelters and camps.

On May 26, 2006, more than 6,200 people were killed in a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Java. About 130,000 were left homeless. Just two months later, on July 17, an earthquake and tsunami struck Java, killing more than 500 people. It was the fourth major earthquake to strike the country in 19 months. And floods ravaged Jakarta in Feb. 2007, killing about 30 people and leaving approximately 340,000 homeless.

RELIGION
Indonesia is the nation with the largest Muslim population worldwide. There are 170 million Muslims compared to the 30 million Christian minority in Indonesia. Whilst there is a large Christian population, they are systematically and socially discriminated against. Many Christians are in jail under false or unlawful charges. Indonesia is troubled by deep racial divides and the situation recently worsened in the north of Sumatra where the situation for Christians and Christian organizations has become precarious. Everyone must choose to follow one of five recognized religions: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christian (Protestant of Catholic).


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors