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Indonesia

#28

Christians live under threat of violence and discrimination.

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“In case I am put in prison, or if I get killed, don’t be surprised. You still press on and still hold your faith.”

– Tun*, a believer from southeast Asia

Country
Profile

Region
Asia
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
274,854,000
Christian population
33,620,000
Religions
Islam
Leader
President Joko Widodo
Score
68
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

Persecution in Indonesia has increased in recent years. There were three attacks on the Christian community within a six-month period between 2020 and 2021, taking the lives of eight believers.

The country has also taken on a more conservative Islamic character, putting additional pressure on believers. In some regions, Christian groups face difficulties getting permission to build churches and worship together safely.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

Converts from Islam experience pressure from families to return to Islam. In many homes, families will verbally abuse Christians and isolate them because of their faith, while a small percentage of converts face physical violence.

Churches that engage in evangelism are at particular risk of targeted attacks by Islamic extremist groups. Areas where the influence of extremist groups is strong, such as West Java or Aceh, are particularly dangerous.

PRAY FOR INDONESIA

– Pray for God’s peace, comfort, and healing over those affected by extremist attacks.

– Pray that believers will follow Jesus and share the gospel boldness in the face of persecution.

– Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to those who oppose Him, especially members of extremist groups.

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