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On September 1, VOM reported that church leaders in Bandung City had been warned churches meeting in homes would be closed (click here). On September 10, sources from Indonesia reported that the Mayor of Bandung city has issued a letter, officially closing twelve house churches in the city.

The Matoneng family, featured in the September 2004
Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter

The churches closed were:
  1. Pasundan Christian Church (GKP)
  2. Protestant Batak Church (GBP)
  3. Pentecost Church (GP)
  4. Catholic Church
  5. Indonesia Christian Church (GKI)
  6. Indonesia Gospel Camp Church (GKII)
  7. Indonesia Independent Baptist Church (GBII)
  8. Oikumene Christian Church (GKO)
  9. Tabernacle Pentecost Church (GPT)
  10. Indonesia Pentecost Church (GpdI)
  11. Java Christian Church (GKJ)
  12. Protestant Karo Batak Church (GBKP)

VOM sources report that the congregations are concerned and nervous about not being allowed to continue holding services. Please pray for encouragement for these believers during this time of uncertainty.

For more information on persecution facing believers in Indonesia, click here. The feature article of the September edition of The Voice of the Martyrs Newsletter features a story on the persecution of Christians in Indonesia. To view the story and to subscribe to the monthly newsletter, 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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