When Zulfitri Handayani, a woman from Aceh, converted from Islam to Christianity, her family announced that she had been kidnapped. Her two sons were taken into the care of her ex-husband and her own family.
In a recent video, she told the Mayor of Langsa, in Northern Sumatra, that she chose the path of Christianity and there was no kidnapping as claimed by her family. She apologised to her family but asked them not to accuse other people, slandering the man they claim to have kidnapped her.
Zulfitri also clarified in her video that she was under no pressure from anyone to convert to Christianity. She begs her sister, Amelia, to allow her to have at least one of her children with her because she can take care of them better than their father. She cries, “Is it wrong to have another religion? Is Christianity wrong? To the people of Aceh, do not believe my family.”
The family attempted to forcibly bring Zulfitri back home, but to no avail. Zulfitri remains in Medan without her children.
The province of Aceh stands alone in having formally established Shariah law in Muslim majority Indonesia. An Acehnese is presumed to be a devout Muslim.
Source: International Christian Concern
- Ask the Lord to continue to give Zulfitri courage. Pray He will comfort her during this time of suffering and uncertainly.
- Ask the Lord to intervene on behalf of Zulfitri and her children. Pray for the wellbeing of her two sons.
- Pray the attention of this case will be used by God as a strong witness. Pray for the salvation on Zulfitri’s family members and others in the community.
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