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Region   Asia
Population   272 223 000
Christian Population   33 192 000 (12.2%)
Main Religion   Islam
2021 Ranking   47
2020 Ranking   49

47Indonesia

In Indonesia, the situation for Christians has been deteriorating in recent years, with Indonesian society taking on a more conservative Islamic character. Christians who grew up in a Muslim home often experience persecution from their families. However, the persecution intensity varies given the individual family and location. In many homes, families will verbally abuse their Christian family members and isolate them because of their faith. Only a small percentage of converts face physical violence for their Christian faith.

The level of persecution also depends on the region of Indonesia where they live. In certain hot spots, like West Java or Aceh, extremist Islamic groups are strong and heavily influence society and politics. If they catch Christians evangelising, believers could run into problems. Also, non-traditional church groups tend to experience difficulties getting permission for building churches. Even if they manage to fulfil all legal requirements (including winning court cases), the local authorities still often ignore them.

There have been some positive developments in Indonesia. As reported by the Jakarta Post, for the first time since taking office, President Jokowi has cautiously spoken out against the difficulties believers of minority religions face when they want to set up a new place of worship.

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Pray for Indonesia

  • Pray for Christians who leave Islam and are heavily pressured by family and community to renounce their new faith in Jesus. Ask God to give them the support they need—as well as access to a Bible and the training to read it and grow.
  • Pray that churches who are trying to obtain locations for worship would find favour with the government and be granted freedom to gather and worship in peace.
  • Pray for Christian children and teens, who often face discrimination and isolation for their faith. Ask God to give them hope, to strengthen their faith—and to know that they are not alone in Christ.

What does Open Doors do to help Christians in Indonesia?

Open Doors partners with local mission agencies in Indonesia to enrich both field workers and new believers, and to strengthen the Church. Our work helps Believers from a Muslim Background, the distribution of Bibles and other Christian materials, microloans, discipleship training, and even safe houses when Christians are in danger.

 

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