INDONESIA: Female Pastor Murdered

A young female pastor was found dead this week in the Oki District of South Sumatra, Indonesia. The body of Pastor Melinda Zidemi was found on Tuesday.

Melinda Zidemi was a pastor and church activist in the Sungai Baung area. The “polite” and “kind” pastor was well known by locals and plantation workers alike as she often came to speak with them.

“She cared for everybody”, one of the workers said.

Local police said it was likely that she had been raped and strangled to death by attackers before they abandoned her body in the plantation.

The young witness (of about 10 years old) described two men to police.

Update 11/4/2019 – The two men accused of killing Melinda have now been arrested.

Source: VOM Contacts

  • Ask the Lord to comfort and minister to those who mourn the loss of this young pastor. Please remember her family, her church, members of the community and the young witness.
  • Thank the Lord that her loved ones do not need to grieve as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). May they take enormous comfort, that she is with her Lord.
  • Pray for the authorities seeking the perpetrators. Pray too for those responsible, that they would feel great conviction and that they may be brought to repentance.

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7 Responses to INDONESIA: Female Pastor Murdered

  1. Dan Ryan 28 March 2019 at 4:49 pm #

    Dear Lord,
    Care for Melinda as she sits with you in heaven. what peace Melinda must now have.
    Bless this organisation that informs us in the free world of such persecution.
    May we be spiritually agitated by such news.
    In your name most loving name. Amen

  2. William EARNSHAW 28 March 2019 at 5:47 pm #

    I pray that the rapist murderers are arrested and punished severely for this wicked crime. (Retired Sergeant Police).

  3. Trevor Foley 28 March 2019 at 11:48 pm #

    Lord Jesus,

    We thank you for your witness, Melinda. We pray that you would receive her spirit.
    We especially pray for the young, 10-year old witness. We pray that this event would not deter him from the faith, but that his witnessing of this crime would lead to a long life of witnessing for Jesus Christ. Please let this encounter help him to know the cost of being a Christian and, having made a decision to pay the price, let him work out his salvation with fear and trembling, but also power and grace by the Holy Spirit, to live a completely Christian life wherever you allow him to be, and wherever you send him.

    We also pray for those who persecuted Melinda. We pray that their hard hearts would be softened by her witness for Christ, and that they would be drawn to you, knowing that you are the forgiver of the worst of sinners. Let them not suffer as murderers, but let them, in turn, rejoice to suffer for your name.

    In Jesus name we pray,

  4. Limahwee 29 March 2019 at 11:52 am #

    Lord yet we Dino why but it happens. May her soul received by God and we pray for that 2 man that they donno what they do. Hope one day they will found you Lord. Thank you for everything, thank for what you did on the cross for us. In jesus name I pray. Amen

  5. Alleluyah 30 March 2019 at 12:33 am #

    Dearest LORD Yehovah,
    Let us remember that we die daily. You are our shield. We partner with You wherever you lead. Please help us to live like the LORD Yeshua, Jesus. Our LORD Yeshua was tortured and killed for each one one of us. Your creation was not intended to be cruel, evil or full of violence. Help us to emphasize Your shalom, peace and order. Please forgive us for our many sins. Teach us the right way to relate with each other. Thank you for forgiving us. We are not a slave to fear, persecution, or the enemy. Our identity is in You by Your Bible is our guidance. Love you Yehovah.

  6. Boipu Touthang 30 March 2019 at 3:42 pm #

    We(Believers Eastern Church, from Manipur, India) express our heartfelt sympathies at the death of our pastor.
    We pray that our pastor Melinda’s death will not go in vain. Her contributions and martyr for our Lord Jesus will bring a great changing to Indonesians.
    God’s eyes is in everywhere andbHe knows who’s the evildoer. May God comfort&bless the remaining members.

  7. Matt Sijabat 31 March 2019 at 8:21 pm #

    Father God, we pray for Melinda that you receive her in heaven. We also pray for her family, give them strength and faith and hope in you. Lord, may your name be glorified in this place, in Sumatra and in Indonesia through the suffering of your servant and martyr. Lord, comfort her family whereever they are, take away the pain and the crying, the mourning. In the name of Jesus we pray.

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