Indonesia’s Sabu Island is currently under tight security after an angry mob stormed a police station and beat to death one of the perpetrators responsible for attacking seven Christian children at a school in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province. The other seven perpetrators were moved to a ship in the middle of the sea to avoid the fury of the masses waiting at the harbor. They were later taken safely to the police station in Kupang, the capital of the province. The motive behind the attack has not yet been clarified, but it was revealed that the man beaten to death in the police station was a Muslim immigrant.
Open Doors staff that visited the families of the young victims in the Christian school attack reported that most of the shops owned by immigrants have been closed and left vacant by the owners. “No one knows where they went. The fact that the perpetrator was a Muslim immigrant frightened them; they feared retaliation from the locals,” said local sources. Although Sabu has a majority Christian population, the locals are, nevertheless, known for being hot-tempered. The local government and pastors are encouraging residents to remain calm and extend tolerance toward those of different faiths and ethnicities in Sabu. Pray for the locals to have God’s inner peace and a forgiving spirit, rather than resorting to taking vengeance during this time of tension.
Father, we pray first for the children who are recovering from the attack. Heal their bodies, comfort their souls and quiet their fears. We pray also for the adults that they would trust in Your justice in this situation and not take vengeance that would further escalate the tension. And we pray for the police to get to the heart of the motives behind the attack so that they can prevent further such incidences in the future. In the name of Jesus who is our shield and protector, a very present help in times of trouble. Amen.