“The government might say it is closed to the Gospel, but that does not mean its citizens’ hearts are closed to the Gospel. Time after time, we were hearing firsthand reports about what God has been doing, even in small congregations to impact [their] communities. Sometimes with 90 or 100 percent of the Muslim majority community engaging in the Gospel and having spiritual conversations with the Christian minority,” Allen explains.
Life continues to develop more and more troublesome for Christians, however the persecution will not be scaring them into silence. As a substitute, many are confronting it with gentleness and a Christ-like demeanor. Whereas in Indonesia, Allen was advised a narrative of the occasions which unfolded at an FMI-supported pastor’s church throughout Christmas of 2018.
A Christmas Story
Throughout the Christmas celebrations at Pastor Sukmo’s church, about 100 Muslim households rioted outdoors. Relatively than remaining indoors, Pastor Sukmo met the demonstrators outdoors the church, hoping to relax the mob. Pastor Sukmo requested the demonstrators why they have been making such a commotion, to which some responded ‘You didn’t invite us to your Christmas celebration. We need to come find out about Jesus and why He got here to earth’.
“A devout Muslim would know that Jesus was born of a virgin, had come as God’s Word to humanity and was sinless and the miracle worker. But that’s about all they know. They don’t know about the forgiveness that He offers, the touch of compassion that He has on people’s life, grace and mercy, and transformation. And so, the Muslims are beginning to have the Christians talk about Jesus. Tell me more about Jesus,” Allen relays.
Instantly, Pastor Sukmo and his congregation invited the gang into the Church the place they encountered the message of the Gospel.
“We were just hearing story after story about how Muslims are coming to faith in Jesus Christ. And it was happening at a time when traditionally militant Muslims were attacking the churches,” Allen says.
Pray for Indonesia
Pray for the Indonesian Church to proceed boldly and creatively sharing Christ. Ask God to proceed transferring within the hearts of those that oppose the Church in Indonesia in order that these folks would come right into a relationship with Christ. Additionally, pray for Pastor Sukmo’s church and the people who’ve discovered new hope in Christ.
*The Open Doorways World Watch Record is a rating for the highest 50 nations the place it’s most troublesome to stay as a Christian. Discover the World Watch Record right here.
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