INDONESIA: Community Forces Church to Close Building
  • 05 September 2019

Officials closed a church in Central Indonesia after neighbours protested its existence. Pastor Tigor Yunus Sitorus built a home in the Bantul neighbourhood in 2003 intending for it to double as a house church. When community members learned he was using the house for non-Muslim religious activity, they protested. “We are the Muslim majority; we […]

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Bible School Shines a Light in a Dark Place
  • 25 August 2019

Recently I visited a Bible school in Makassar, Indonesia. The school is located in a dilapidated building in a very remote area surrounded by huts, farmland, dirt and animals. Inside, the ceiling is incomplete exposing its steel structure. Yet in one of the rooms, enthusiastic young students are being trained to share the life-giving news […]

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Indonesia: Support for Pastor Elyas’ Ministry
  • 23 August 2019

In 2019, Voice of the Martyrs, along with our supporters, is supporting the ministry of Pastor Elyas in Indonesia. Pastor Elyas works among Muslims in West Java, overseeing a team which evangelises in 12 main areas. Some areas are quite hostile to the Gospel, making evangelism difficult. Members of the team often face opposition when […]

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PAKISTAN: Christian Prayer Service Attacked by Mob
  • 01 August 2019

On 23 July, Internal Salvation Church, a church located in Bhiki village in the Sheikhupura district of Punjab, was attacked by a mob of Muslim men. According to local reports, these men barged into the church during a prayer service and beat several members of the congregation. Javaid David, Chairman of the Hope for Light, […]

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INDONESIA: Muslim Hard-liners Prevent Church Holding Service
  • 01 August 2019

Despite having the required government permit, a protestant church in Jakarta has not been able to hold services, thanks to Muslim hard-liners’ protests and threats. They claim the church is located in a predominantly Muslim residential area in the Cengkareng district of West Jakarta – too close to a mosque and an Islamic boarding school. […]

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