|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||President Joko Widodo|
Indonesia: The Largest Islamic Country In The World.
Indonesia is made of 17,000 islands that host the world’s largest Islamic nation. It is a country that has long been held up as a symbol of Islamic tolerance. This title unfortunately has begun to slip. Christians are experiencing greater levels of persecution. It's a diverse, fast developing country with many different cultures and religions present. But this is under threat as many extremist groups have become more vocal recently.
Churches Facing Non-Government Opposition.
Churches are not usually opposed by the government, but neither are they supported. One such place this has occurred is in West Java where GKI Yasmin church members were unable to use their building. Extremists insisted the church could no longer use their building and the governor banned them. When the church appealed, the government ruled in their favour, but took no action to change the situation. There is also an increasing opposition to Christians. In January a case against the Christian governor of Jakarta is ongoing in which he is accused of blasphemy.
Education On Causes.
The most effective way Open Doors is assisting is through education programs. One of the programs is called Standing Strong Through the Storm. In this course participants learn how to endure persecution and what to expect. There are also lectures held in Bible colleges and churches to prepare believers for persecution. Bibles and Christian literature are provided, as well as socioeconomic development programs.
Pray for Christian children in public schools who must complete Islamic courses.
Pray for Christians who have converted from Islam to find greater hope in Jesus when they feel pressure.
Pray for the government to not give in to extremists but remain fair and open to Christians as well.