Neighbors posted protest signs against Pastor Tigor's house church.
Neighbors posted protest signs against Pastor Tigor's house church.
Aug. 29, 2019 | Indonesia

Community Forces Church to Close Building

[198] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Pastor Tigor and congregation.

Officials closed a church in Central Indonesia after neighbors protested its existence. Pastor Tigor Yunus Sitorus built a home in the Bantul neighborhood in 2003 intending for it to double as a house church. When community members learned he was using the house for non-Muslim religious activity, they protested. “We are the Muslim majority; we are obliged to keep the faith of our children and grandchildren, whose faith can be tainted in the long run if influenced by the existence of the church,” they said. Authorities granted Pastor Tigor a church building permit on Jan. 15. However, after continued conflict, an official revoked the permit on July 26 and forced the congregation to worship elsewhere. Indonesia has religious freedom, but communities and Muslim extremist groups often influence local officials to act in favor of the Muslim majority. Pray that the church will continue to gather despite the loss of their building.

Write your own prayer for Pastor Tigor and congregation

  • Heavenly Father, I pray that Pastor Tigor be able to continue gathering his flock despite of the adversity. LORD, provide them with a secure and safe place where they can praise and worship you freely. May they be in good spirit and be an example for the Muslim community; open their eyes to your good news. In Jesus Christ's name. Amen.
    Joana P - Puerto Rico
  • Father, please provide a way for the church to continue to meet in safety. Give them courage to continue to gather and protect them. May they follow Jesus fully. May those who oppose them see Jesus living through them and be drawn to the Savior. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Father, may Pastor Tigor and the congregation not grow weary or faint because of the hostility they've encountered from neighbors and governing officials. I pray that they will put on the whole armor of God and stand against the wiles and schemes of the devil. Regardless of where they gather together, I pray that they will worship in spirit and truth.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Father, we pray for fellow believers everywhere. Please continue to protect those who love and worship You in countries where they are persecuted. May we keep ever vigilant in our own countries because it could happen anywhere, if we aren't careful and attentive. Cause a change of heart with the government authorities regarding their permit. IJN, Amen
    Connie A - USA
  • Father in the name of Jesus Christ thank you for Pastor Tigor and congregation. You will build your church and the gates of hell will not prevail
    KIDOCHUKWU U - Nigeria
  • Father let these believers not be alarmed by their opponents, let be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let them make their requests known to you and let your peace which passes all comprehension guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Give them eternal comfort and good hope by your grace.
    Kendall P - USA
  • Father I pray that Pastor Tigor will not be intimidated by the threats of the local people. He will be strengthened by your power. I ask that they will not be discouraged by the closure of the church, rather this will boost their resolve to continue to gather and shine the light in their community. Amen
    Sola O - Nigeria
  • Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on Your faithful.
    Peter K - USA
  • Please Lord please give these precious brothers and sisters back Your building. Please cause the government to have great favor towards them as well as their persecutors in the Mighty Name of Jesus amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Tigor & his congregation: Protect, provide for, comfort strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. May they keep meeting despite the building closure. Bring those behind these building closures to repentance.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord I pray for a strong, flourishing church in this city and a space to meet that is better than what this house could have been. I ask for Your provision and for Your heart to sweep over and do what only You can do. I pray for healing, miracles, and peace to flow from the church members and for freedom to bring the aroma of life to the city.
    Joy H - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Tigor & his congregation: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. May they keep gathering despite the building closure. Bring those behind these building closures to repentance. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord, As of old, may this percecution only cause growth. May your people continue in love and patence, directed by your spirit, full of faith and fearlessness, may they have wisdom in the changes of life. Provide, protect and send angels to minister greatly. Salvation to this nation through these events, by your power, amen.
    kathy C - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Tigor & his congregation: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope * love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. May they keep gathering despite the building closure. Bring those responsible for these building closures to repent.
    Lisa D - USA
  • We Thank You Lord God that You Are on the Throne and are in control. I pray that You Lord will stay on these believers heart. Let worship arise from them still wherever they go. Your word says the rocks will cry out, if we don't. Give these people a deep abiding love for You Lord, no matter what. Cover them and watch over them all. In Jesus name Amen
    Deidre S - USA
  • Father in Huesven you see the injustice to your people who dare penalised O religious gqround,
    And trample under the feet of majority religion, you experience the same fate on earth, you are no stranger to rejection. Come to the rescue of your people and strengthened hem, let them never give to discouragement, you are with them, you cannot fail.
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Dear Heavenly Father I amen these previous prayers. Praise You that You are in the midst of providing exactly what he needs in accord with the state laws & even in favor with the govt. You hear Your children's prayers. You answer them. As for the muslim-maj, remove the veil from their eyes & show them You are God of all. In Jesus' Mighty Name amen.
    Johnathan K - USA
  • Father I pray that your true children will be protected and would have a place no ones time will end unless u say it will so I pray that ur children shall have peace and the Buddhists monks would repent of their sins and accept ur son as savior in the name of ur son JCIP Amen
    Josef S - USA
  • Father I pray that your true children will be protected and would have a place no ones time will end unless u say it will so I pray that ur children shall have peace and the Buddhists monks would repent of their sins and accept ur son as savior in the name of ur son JCIP Amen
    Josef S - USA
  • Lord I pray You will provide another place for the church to gather, worship and pray. Open doors for the gospel in Indonesia, particularly in this area and other Muslim areas. Praying the government will change their mind and allow them a place to meet. Help the Christians endure persecution and glorify You, Lord Jesus, and the gospel.
    margaret m - USA
  • Dear Father, by Jesus' mighty name, may the people of Indonesia be convicted of their sins and turn to JESUS. Helping them to see that any false religion that requires violence and oppression is WRONG. Jesus alone is the TRUTH. Please lead Pastor and the church in their next steps while you protect and guide them. You alone will make a way!
    Kathy G - USA
  • Father, You are a great God and the forces of evil will not prevail against You. May Pastor Tigor and this congregation experience the victory found in Christ as they attempt to live out their faith and worship You. They're looking for a place to worship andor a favorable ruling from those in authority to have a house church. In Jesus name, Amen.
    Bruce B - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Tigor & his congregation: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. May they keep meeting despite the building closure. Bring those responsible for these closures to repentance. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, you inhabit the praises of your people. You enjoy visiting Pastor Tigor Yunus Sitorus's home in the Bantul neighborhood, where people worship you. Make a way for that to continue. Push back the Enemy, and plant seeds of Gospel there. Bring new life to this community. Encourage this band of believers.
    Jim T - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Tigor & his congregation: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. May they keep gathering despite the building closure. Bring those responsible for such closures to repentance. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord Jesus, we ask for boldness and grace for the believers that are no longer meeting in a building there in this Central Indonesian town and grant wisdom to Pastor Tigor Yunus Sitorus to navigate restrictions being placed on them while also exercising their right to gather and worship freely. Grant them grace and strength to endure this persecution.
    Matt B - USA
  • Lord, thank you that you allowed this. You are sovereign and the gates of hell cannot prevail against your church. Please give encouragement and wisdom Pastor Tigor. Help him to encourage the believers to gather and meet in your name. Change the hearts of the community and reveal yourself as the only true and living God. Lord Jesus you reign!
    Katrina M - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for Pastor Tigor Yunus Sitorus and his willingness to plant a church despite the persecution that resulted. I pray that You will strengthen his faith and that of his congregation, that they would continue to gather despite the loss of their building, and be a light to their community, pointing them toward You and Your love for them.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Hallelujah! Lord, thank You for the Church in Indonesia. I pray You will protect Pastor Tigor and his congregation against those who hate the gospel and are opposed to them meeting as a church in their community. I pray that You will provide them with a building to have their worship and that they might show the love of God in that community. Amen.
    Josette J - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Pastor Tigor & his congregation: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. May they keep gathering despite a church building closure. Bring officials responsible for the closures to repentance
    Lisa D - USA
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