Mission Workers under Surveillance
Firman* set up a small business in his home country of Indonesia so he can preach the Gospel to his customers—other Muslim youngsters like himself.
Firman’s lay leader, Beni*, has been mentoring a student from an Islamic boarding school. Recently, the parents of the student became suspicious that their son might have been converted to the Christian faith. They confronted him and he eventually told them about Beni and Firman. The parents complained to the chief of a local Islamic organization. As a result, Firman was summoned by the administrators of the campus where his shop was located and Beni was summoned back to his own village for questioning.
A mission worker in a different community faced a similar situation. Tirto* has been accused of Christianizing by his ex-employer and was reported to the police. He has been summoned three times to the police station for questioning. “Pray for me as I am being watched by the police and local Muslims,” he said.
Firman and Beni have also kept Bibles and Christian literature related to their ministry in a safe place. Brother Andrew once prayed, “Lord, in my luggage I have Scripture that I want to take to Your children across this border. When You were on earth, You made blind eyes see. Now, I pray, make seeing eyes blind. Do not let the guards see those things You do not want them to see.” Pray now for the same miracle to happen—that religious authorities will not “see” these materials to convict Firman and his team.
Pray for God’s protection over Firman, Beni, Tirto and many other mission workers working to bring lost Muslims to God. Pray also for His guidance as Jesus promised, “Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11).
*Names changed for security.
Father, we give You thanks for the bold faith of Firman, Beni and Tirto. Continue to strengthen their faith and grant them much wisdom that they might serve You fearlessly in ways that honor Christ. Bring abundant fruit to their ministry that a mighty throng of Christ-followers might be raised up to serve You. As Brother Andrew prayed, “When You were on earth, You made blind eyes see. Now, I pray, make seeing eyes blind. Do not let the [authorities] see those things You do not want them to see.” In the name of Jesus, whose name is above all names, Amen.