Indonesian World Prayer

About 6000 delegates took part in the World Prayer Assembly held in Indonesia last week. On May 17, 363 cities in Indonesia held city-wide prayer rallies simultaneously, while an estimated 100,000 gathered at the national stadium in Jakarta. The prayers called on a spiritual awakening in Indonesia. For more info:


POSTED 22 May 2012

Indonesian Problems

In Bogor, Indonesia, the city mayor is refusing to allow a church to open, saying that churches should not be built on a street with an Islamic name. For story:

POSTED 11 Sep 2011

Indonesia Freedom

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) warns of increasing violations of religious freedom in the majority-Muslim country of Indonesia. Story:

POSTED 27 Jun 2011

International News

  • EU intolerance

  • Irish abortion
    Ireland’s anti-abortion laws breach European human rights law, the European Court of Human Rights said in a landmark and binding case that could have implications for other European countries, reports the Catholic News Service. For story:

  • Indonesia closures
    The Australian Prayer Network reports that Islamic groups and local governments in Indonesia have closed 110 churches during the past three years. Radical Muslim groups coerce local governments to send letters to churches prohibiting any activities. When the church does not comply they are often burned down or otherwise damaged. The Indonesian Human Rights Commission reported that discrimination and violence against churches was most common in the provinces of West Java, Banten, Central Java, South Sulawesi and Bengkulu.

  • Egypt persecutions
    Rev Fred Nile issued a statement expressing concern with Egyptian persecutions. He said that on Nov 24, 2010 nearly 5000 security forces with over 45 vehicles cordoned off a church site while building work was occurring. The forces used tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition on the workers. Inside the church nearly 200 people were praying. Over 200 were arrested.

  • Baghdad persecution
    The Barnabas Fund reports that an elderly Christian Couple and their daughter were killed in their home on Sunday night 5 Dec. 4 gunmen raided the Baghdad home and repeatedly short them with silenced pistols. The victims, Hikmat and Samira Sammak, had fled their home earlier but had returned briefly to finalise the sale of their home and furniture. Two Christian brothers Saad and Raad Hannah were shot dead in their car workshop in Mosul. The incident followed the assassination of two other Christians by gunmen who burst into their Mosul home. Christians are leaving Mosul and Baghdad in waves. About 500 families are reported to be on the move to the Kurdish region.

  • Baghdad security
    The Vicar of Baghdad, Cannon Andrew White reports that many Christians are continuing to flee Iraq. He now attends church in body armour, using armoured cars and surrounded by Iraqi Military. The church is now surrounded by bomb barricades. ON a recent trip out of Baghdad he was given 120 military personal instead of the normal 35 soldiers that surround him. He says normal Christians do not have such security and so are at risk. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

  • Abortion Prayers
    The Pope has issued an unprecedented request for worldwide prayer against abortion. The call is not limited to Catholics with him asking “leaders of all churches to involve the faithful in their respective parishes, religious communities, associations and movements to engage with his prayer initiative. Mary McClusky, from the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities in the Catholic Church, says the call is especially important at a time when attacks on the worth of human life seem to be at an all-time high. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

  • Algeria church closures
    Police have issued orders for three Algerian churches to cease activity, bringing to 19 the number of congregations told to shut down during the past year. The church closures come amid a flurry of antagonistic media articles warning of campaigns by Protestants to “Christianize” Algeria. Religious Affairs Minister Bu’Abdallah Ghoulamullah has called on Christian groups in Algeria to re-register according to Algeria’s associations’ law. Source: Australian Prayer Network Newsletter  Dec 6, 2010.

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POSTED 27 Dec 2010
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Indonesian Attacks

Christian Solidarity Worldwide has called upon the Indonesian Government to safeguard religious freedom and pluralism in the wake of attacks on Christians and Ahmadiyya Muslims in the country.(Charlie Boyd, Christian Today, Sept 24, 2010).

In August, members of the Islamic People’s Forum and the Islamic Defenders Front set upon one congregation which was meeting in the open air after the forced closure of its church.

The Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace says that at least 30 attacks on churches have been reported so far this year, with extremist Islamist groups targeting churches in West Java in particular.

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POSTED 17 Oct 2010

Christians Attacked

On Aug 8, 2010 a group of Christians were attacked an open-air worship service in Bekasi, West Java in Indonesia. A group of 300 Muslims surrounded the worshippers and in the presence of police officers begun to attack the congregation. It is the fifth reported attack on the congregation. The Barnabas Fund reports that the congregation was forced to meet in an open field following a dispute with local authorities.

POSTED 6 Sep 2010
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Attacks on Christians

Christians worldwide continue to be attacked and persecuted for their faith. Some recent examples:

In Kohat, northern Pakistan, a church was damaged by a rocket fired by Taliban militants on Feb 12. The rocked damaged to outer wall, windows, ceiling, doors and air conditioning system. Source: Barnabas Fund.

In Subahuan, Padang Lawas regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia, two churches and a pastor’s house was set on fire on Jan 22, 2010 by a mob of up to 1000 muslims. Hundreds of Christians fled their homes to avoid possible attack. Source: Barnabas Fund.

In the Nigerian town of Kazaure, Jigawa State 7 churches were burnt on Feb 21, 2010. It comes just weeks after the rioting in Jos that left at least 300 Christians dead.

In Mosul, Iraq, an Iraqi Christian and his two sons were killed in their home on Feb 24, 2010 by three gunmen. It follows a spate of recent killings in the city.

POSTED 8 Mar 2010
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