Indonesian Christians who Fled Attack on their Village Return Home

Header photo shows a scene from Sulawesi in Indonesia. (Photo courtesy of Lip Kee Yap, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

Four Christians were murdered on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia this past Friday. The killers also burned a Salvation Army post and several Christian homes.

Human rights groups are calling the attack an escalation of hostility against the Christian minority in Indonesia, while other witnesses denied the attacks were religiously motivated. Police are hunting down those responsible for the murders.

Bruce Allen of FMI says FMI Christian leaders in the area learned of the attack hours after it happened. He says violence like this isn’t common in the country. “For the most part, Indonesia is a fairly moderate Muslim majority nation. But the persecution there occurs in pockets on different islands, and it’s difficult to rein it in simply because there are over 6,000 inhabited islands in Indonesia. This attack was [carried out], from what we understand from our partners on the ground, by a group called the Mujahideen of East Indonesia.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray Christ will comfort these Indonesian Christians as they mourn their loved ones.
  • Ask God to bring this violence against Indonesian Christians to an end.

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