On 29 May Islamic militants attacked a prayer meeting in the home of Julius Felicianus (52) attended by members of the St Francis Agung Banteng Church. Dressed in robes and armed with knives, the attackers claimed to be loyal to the cleric Jafar Umar Thalib, the former commander of Laskar Jihad.
Six of the believers, including women and a child (8) who was electrocuted, had to be taken to hospital. Julius Felicianus’ own neighbours were amongst the attackers. They have threatened to return if Christian worship ever takes place in that house again.
On Sunday 1 June a Protestant church was attacked in the same area. Fortunately, the service had been short and the congregation had already left. The attackers had to content themselves with stoning the property and smashing all the stained glass windows. Police were present but did not intervene.
This was the third time the El Shaddai Pentecostal Church had been attacked since construction began in 2012, before the local authorities sealed the building. Each time the believers have re-opened the church for worship they have faced violence. The fellowship has existed since 1990. The Islamic Jihad Front (FJI), one of the groups involved in the attack, claims to be fighting against ‘Christianisation’.
Source: Evangelical Alliance in Australia Religious Liberty Prayer Blog
- Pray these believers will be given the strength to persevere in their faith and not give up meeting together.
- Ask the Lord to help the believers to forgive their enemies and reach out to them with courage and in love.
- Pray the Lord will grant those who have been injured a full and complete recovery.