|World Watch List Rank||World Watch List Score|
|President Joko Widodo||266.7 million | 32.3 million Christians|
|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.
Open Doors works alongside local churches and mission agencies to support persecuted believers in Indonesia through:
18th May 2018
Found in Stories
Rev. Yonathan Budiantoro, Pastor of the Surabaya Pentecostal Church (GPPS) knows this very well.Read More