Police arrive to shut down the church.
Police arrive to shut down the church.
Sep. 26, 2019 | Indonesia

Another Church Closed

[212] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Neighbors shut another church.

After Muslims in Sari Agung hamlet objected to a Pentecostal Church in Indonesia that was meeting in a neighborhood home, local officials agreed to close the church. As about 40 Christians worshiped under a blue tarp on Sunday, Aug. 25, police arrived to halt the service and inform the believers that they had to stop worshiping there. The congregation objected vehemently but was forced to comply. Although Indonesian law guarantees religious freedom, the establishment of a church must be approved by 60 percent of nearby neighbors. Pray that the congregation will find a solution that allows them to meet while maintaining peace with neighbors.

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  • Father bless our brothers and sisters who had to leave the neighborhood where they were meeting. We ask You to encourage them, and to grant them a Christlike demeanor toward those who would oppose them so people can see who You really are. Give them favor in their new place, and use their testimony to win others to the Savior.
    Toni D - USA
  • The light shines brightest where there is the most darkness. You are God's light and salt. God bless you for standing for our Lord, Jesus. God bless from Indiana
    julia i - USA
  • I pray Father for your church. Your promised are sure and we know you will bring protection and establish your church even through persecution. I pray that this congregation will find a solution that allows them to meet while maintaining peace with their neighbors.
    Paula L - USA
  • Lord Jesus, I pray that these believers would be seeking wisdom from Your word and that their response would bring You honor and glory. May they be proclaiming Your gospel in truth and may their neighbors have softened hearts as they are confronted with the reality of who You are. May many turn to You in true repentance and faith.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father, give this congregation wisdom in handling this. May they deal with the authorities in the spirit of love. I pray you guide them. I pray for the people of the neighborhood that they would see you only bring good. Please, move in this situation. Bring a spirit of peace.
    polly c - USA
  • Dear Lord, please cover these believers with the love, grace, and comfort that only Your Holy Spirit can provide. Give them wisdom, so they will know how to live and react. Help them to know that they are examples to us of standing firm in the faith in the face of persecution. Remind them of Your promise in 1 Peter 4:14.
    Betty A - USA
  • Lord Jesus, I know the worship under that blue tarp was amazing! You have the solution to all of our problems. I pray that You give these church leaders direction. Help them to care for their congregation as You add to it! Show Your power among these Your people with signs and wonders Lord! Let the whole community see Your truth Lord!
    Patricia W - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    I pray for the members of this closed church. Pave the way for them to continue to meet together in a way that will draw thousands more to a savings knowledge of You. May peace reign in all of their hearts. Cover them in Your wings.
    In Jesus' name I pray, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Abba Adoni please touch the hearts of all the neighbours to back the church so they can plant a permanent bldg of worship. Please provide a safer place for this church. Bless their effort and desire to belong to a body of believers. Empower the pastor with Your WORD & courage to stand up against the enemy. May they know how to follow the protocol
    BENEDICTA N - USA
  • Father, grant Your people what they need for a worship area, in His name, amen.
    Martha W - USA
  • Father please delivered and regroup these Christians whose church location has been attacked by the enemy. Please allow them to move and find another place to worship and continue their ministry May you be glorified. Amen
    Isabel S - USA
  • Lord, please bring peace to this congregation that was shut down, and provide them a new place to meet. We pray for their influence in their neighborhoods, and that you will draw many hearts to you. May they love their neighbors and show them your grace, and bring good out of this bad situation. Please bring revival to Indonesia!
    Jackie V - USA
  • Father God, your Son Jesus warned us that persecution would come, but you also promised us that even hell could not prevail over the church, your bride. So I pray for this church in Indonesia to find a way to gather together for worship in the midst of opposition from Muslim neighbors. Let our prayers be those which break down barriers! Amen.
    Diana F - USA
  • Father, we ask You through the authority of the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ to destroy this spirit of the enemy that seeks to end Your church. We ask that the Holy Spirit will work mightily in the objectors and authorities to reveal Christ and His love for them to the point that they reconsider. Guide the church as they seek a place to worship You
    Gail M - USA
  • Father, I thank You that among areas of intense darkness Your light still shines. I pray that these people in Sari Agung who are seeking to worship You will look to You to work out the details that they may continue in their fellowship. May they seek to please You in all of this that Your glory will be revealed. In Jesus name. Amen.
    Nancy E - USA
  • Holy Father, fill Your children with stillness and peace as You work through them to resolve the closing of their place of worship. May their faithfulness to You be evident and a light to those who seek to do them harm. May Your children allow You to lead them to their next step, and give them a heart of love. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Father, please give guidance and wisdom to the church members who now have nowhere to gather. Provide another meeting place. Please protect them also. Use this situation somehow for good and draw others into a relationship with Jesus. Grow the faith of these believers as they trust fully in Jesus. Amen.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Lord, please make a way where there seems to be no way for this Pentecostal Church; allow them to meet at the place of Your choosing and i pray that the enemy will no longer be able to shut them down. Give them grace to pray for the Muslins who objected to their gathering and opportunities to show them the love of Jesus. In Jesus Name, Amen.
    Anne S - USA
  • Father move please on behalf of Your people here. Bring peace with neighbors, revival, a powerful witness, wisdom and glorify Yourself here. Please let them love the neighbors so much through You that their hard hearts are melted and they respond to You and draw the neighbors with Your Spirit. Encourage with Your Word and presence in Jesus' name!
    Melissa S - USA
  • Lord i pray that You lead the Indonesian Pentecostal church to a place to worship in spirit and in truth!
    Patrick C - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that you would draw these Muslim neighbors to faith in Jesus. I pray that they would hear the gospel and receive it as truth. That they would receive salvation in Jesus name. I pray that you would draw many in this place in Indonesia to faith in Christ. Please provide a perfect place for them to meet and worship. I thank you in Jesus n
    Julia F - USA
  • Dear Lord, bless these brothers & sisters. May this persecution lead to great good, to a good location for them to meet together, & for many to be won to you. We lift up Indonesia, and the challenge of religious freedom which conflicts with this requirement that 60% of nearby neighbours must approve the church. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • Father in Heaven, I pray that you bring a revival to this area, growing this church more than ever. I pray that the neighborhood be touched by their love for you. Give this church wisdom and a clear solution. Please protect the people of this church, keep them safe and give them a renewed strength. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
    Beverly M - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for this church: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Give them wisdom to handle their entire situation. I pray these things for many other Indonesian churches. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • If I am to serve my SAVIOR, then I am commanded to love my neighbor as myself. I must do this with peace in my soul. As long as my neighbor is driven by an ideology of hating CHRIST with physical violence, then there can not be peace with my neighbor. My battle must be a spiritual battle for his salvation. To have physical peace involves compromise.
    Bobby C - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for these church members: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Give them wisdom to handle their entire situation. I pray these things for other Indonesian churches. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • God please forgive the neighbors of this congregation for working against Your church and Name. We praise You in this time of trial, and ask that you please show us Your power and provide a new meeting space that will be approved by the surrounding community for the believers of this congregation. Thank You Lord Jesus. Amen.
    Samantha H - USA
  • I continue to pray for my brothers and sisters in Indonesia! Use them in a mighty way and provide for them as they seek you daily! In Jesus' name I pray
    Jackie S - USA
  • Lord God, I pray that You will take careful watch over Your Indonesian followers. I pray that You will keep them safe from persecution and allow them to continue to meet for worship. Please soften the hearts of their neighbors, and allow for all faiths around the world to live in harmony. In my Lord's name, Jesus, I pray, Amen.
    Sarah M - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for this church: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them stay they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ & growing in numbers & maturity. Give them wisdom in handling their entire situation. I pray these things for other Indonesian churches. In Jesus Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
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