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Indonesia

#33

Christians face social isolation and intense pressure to return to Islam.

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“My mum tried to compel me to return to Islam. She hid the rice so that my family and I could not eat.”

– Doni, a believer from a Muslim background, persecuted by his own family

Country
Profile

Region
Asia
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
279,135,000
Christian population
34,185,000
Religions
Islam
Leader
President Joko Widodo
Score
68

What’s Life Like For Christians?

Indonesia has taken on a more conservative Islamic character in recent years, which puts pressure on Christians, especially those from Muslim backgrounds.

Indonesians brought up as Muslims who become Christian believers will likely face disapproval and rejection, verbal abuse, and social isolation. In some cases, families will withdraw all support, and married women may keep their new faith secret to avoid the threat of their husbands divorcing them. Some women are faced with lots of psychological abuse, including death threats, for practising Christianity.

If a church is seen to be preaching and spreading the gospel, they soon run into opposition from Islamic extremist groups, especially in rural areas. In some regions of Indonesia, non-traditional churches struggle to get permission for church buildings, with the authorities often ignoring their paperwork.

PRAY FOR INDONESIA

– For a more open and tolerant society towards Christians in Indonesia.

– That God would comfort those rejected by their own families for His sake.

– For local partners helping displaced Christians find new homes and jobs.

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