A member of IS has been apprehended in Papua. The terrorist is currently under interrogations. The news is not widely circulated, which we suspect, is due to recent terror attacks targeting police officers.
On June 30, two police officers were stabbed by a terrorist while they were praying in a mosque. The perpetrator is said to be a lone wolf but inspired by the IS materials online. These terrorists are known to have expressed their vengeance on government and police officers for hunting and arresting some of them.
This information is another clue that more IS cells are growing in Papua. Therefore, pray for the church in Papua, one of the biggest Christian pockets in Indonesia. Pray for God’s protection and that all evil plans by the terrorists to be foiled by the authorities. Pray also for believers to be more effective in their Christian witness.
Father, the gospel of Christ has been proclaimed in Papua in recent decades and we thank You that Your church has been established there. We pray now against the influence of IS terrorists, that their evil plans will be blocked by the authorities. Their power and influence is great, but the power of Your Holy Spirit is greater, so we pray boldly and with great confidence that Your church will be protected and preserved in this region and the power of the gospel will prevail. In the name of Jesus, whose voice is powerful and full of majesty (Ps 29:7), Amen!