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Two gunmen stormed a church near Poso in the troubled region of Sulawesi, Indonesia on April 10, injuring seven people including a four-year-old girl. The attack happened at 7:15 p.m local time during an Easter service at the Tabernacle Church in the village of Kilo, Poso Pesisir, about 12 kilometres west of downtown Poso.

According to the Poso police chief, three men dressed in Ninja-like costumes rode motorcycles to the church. Two of them entered and began shooting with M-16 assault rifles. According to the Jakarta Post, police have begun house-to-house searches for weapons but as of noon, April 14, none had been found.

More than three hundred paramilitary police have been sent to the area to maintain peace and to search for the attackers. There is no indication whether these attacks are connected to shootings in the Poso area at the end of March (click here for details).

Pray that these recent attacks will not escalate into the type of violence that resulted in more than two thousand deaths between 2000 and 2002. Pray that Christians will not retaliate. Pray that those responsible will be found and brought to justice.

For more information on the situation facing Christians in Indonesia, click here.

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
275,122,131 (July 2021 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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