INDONESIA

Indonesia is known for its special form of moderate and diverse Islam, yet Islamic extremism has more influence than is commonly perceived

Indonesia

World Watch List Rank World Watch List Score
30 65/100
Leader Population
President Joko Widodo 266.7 million | 32.3 million Christians
Main Religion Government
Islam Presidential Republic
WWL Rank in 2018 Persecution Level
38 Very High Persecution

Islamic extremism and intolerance towards Christians has increased in Indonesia. In May 2018, three churches were bombed in Surabaya. A study conducted in the same month found that 24% of university students interviewed agreed with radical Islamic ideology.

Many churches are still unable to receive building permits despite meeting all the requirements. Local authorities are afraid of seeming to support the growth of Christianity. Part of the current disunity in the church in Indonesia is caused by the fear of openly accepting Christians with a Muslim background. Some fear negative repercussions from the Islamic community. This is more common for rural churches than those in Indonesian cities.

Those who leave Islam to follow Jesus often have to hide their Bibles and Christian books. They risk being attacked by their friends and family. Some are put under house arrest until they return to Islam.

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors works alongside local churches and mission agencies to support persecuted believers in Indonesia through:

  • Equipping and training believers with biblical responses to persecution and basic knowledge of Islam
  • Facilitating gatherings to foster unity among churches and mission agencies
  • Providing Bibles and other Christian literature, particularly for Muslim-background believers
  • Providing assistance through socio-economic development projects
  • Providing advocacy and immediate relief to victims of persecution.

RECENT STORIES FROM Indonesia

Meet Pastor Budiantoro from Indonesia

18th May 2018

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Rev. Yonathan Budiantoro, Pastor of the Surabaya Pentecostal Church (GPPS) knows this very well.

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PRAYER POINTS FOR INDONESIA

  • For wisdom for the government in dealing with the growing extremist threat
  • For BMBs who are heavily pressured to renounce their faith. Pray that they will have access to Bibles and Christian fellowship
  • Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world. Pray that many Indonesian Muslims would come to know Christ.
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