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On April 21 the Persecution and Prayer Alert reported that Pastor Rinaldy Damanik was taken to hospital with serious kidney problems (click here for details). Damanik is serving three years in prison on false charges of "illegal weapons possession."

Doctors determined that he required surgery as soon as possible and that the surgery could only be done in Jakarta. However, permission from the authorities to transfer to the Jakarta hospital was consistently delayed and, to prevent any problems with his accusers, Damanik refused to be transferred until an official letter had been received.

In an interesting testimony of God's grace and providence, in a May 4 release from the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission, Elizabeth Kendal shared the story of a Muslim cleric who, some months ago, had a vision that he should visit Damanik in prison. This man was deeply impacted by Damanik's faith and so, when he heard of Damanik's recent medical problems, he went to the prison authorities and pleaded with them, in tears, to have him transferred to the hospital in Jakarta. That permission was finally granted on May 3 with the transfer to take place on May 5.

Doctors are concerned that the delay may have affected his chances of a full recovery. Please pray for a full recovery for Pastor Damanik. You may write a letter of encouragement to Pastor Damanik at:

Rev. Rinaldy Damanik
Rutan Maesa
Jl.Bali la
Palu 94112

For more information on Christians in Indonesia, click here.

Country Information


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)

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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