Pray for churches in the Aceh Singkil regency, Aceh province, Indonesia following the burning down of an Indonesian Christian Church (HKI) today. The torching of the church followed a social media message spread by Muslim extremists on Friday to take action against Christian churches.
Before the incident today, Pastor Erde, whose church was also torched last month, witnessed hundreds of extremists parading to the police and legislative offices to demand the closure of all churches in the regency. There are about 10 churches in Aceh Singkil.
“Every church member is guarding their own church right now. Please pray that there won’t be any more church demolitions today,” said the pastor.
Continue to intercede for the believers in this increasingly violent situation in Aceh Singkil:
· Pray especially for a change in the extremists’ hearts
· Police to take firm action to stop the violence
· Believers to respond with love and wisdom.
Aceh, the only province enforcing Islamic Sharia law in the country, is among the most hostile places for Indonesian Christians to live. Indonesia ranks #47 on the Open Doors’ 2015 World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians.
Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575 or Christy Lynn Wilson at 770-401-9842.