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A Sunday School in Indonesia
The proposed law could impose serious restrictions on Bible teaching.
Photo: World Watch Monitor

Christian organizations in Indonesia have raised concerns about a new religious education bill that would require government permits before conducting any classes, including Sunday school, catechism or Bible classes. The law, if passed, would require a minimum of 15 participants, along with approval from the government's Religious Affairs Ministry.

One church leader believes it will be used by hardline groups to ban church activities and harass Christians. "It limits Christians in conducting important and inseparable parts of religious activities," he states. Those concerned have launched a petition demanding that informal classes, such as Sunday school, be left to the regulation of individual religious groups.

Pray that the governing officials responsible for the proposed bill will be open to input and the need for modifications to ensure religious freedoms. Uphold the country's church leaders and congregation members, asking God to grant them wisdom and discretion as they raise their concerns. May Christian families throughout Indonesia, as represented by the churches, be free to train their children in the ways of the Lord.

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
267,026,366 (July 2020 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Javanese (40.1), Sundanese (15.5), Malay (3.7), Balak (3.6), Madurese (3), Betawi (2.9), Minangkabau (2.7), Buginese (2.7), Bantenese (2), Other (23.8)

Religion (%)
Muslim (87.2), Christian (9.9), Hindu (1.7), Other (0.9), Unspecified (0.4)

Leader
President Joko Widodo (2014)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Civil law system based on the Roman-Dutch model and influenced by customary law

Sources: CIA World Factbook.

Pray for Indonesia

Pray for the continued growth of the church in Indonesia, despite the intense opposition and persecution that has taken place. May the destructive plans of the enemy to eradicate Christianity be frustrated and nullified.

Pray that whatever is intended for evil, God will turn around for good -- causing such hatred and violence to not only discredit extremism, but to also compel many to seek salvation in Christ... including the perpetrators of persecution.

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