Jan. 23, 2020 | Indonesia

Church Permit Revoked

[229] prayers in [13] nations have been posted for Church Closed.

A mayor in Tanjung Pinang revoked the building permit of the Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI) just days before Christmas. On Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, a group of police and city officials removed the building-permit placard from church property. Local reports stated that the church, located in the Indonesian islands just south of Singapore, had violated permitting rules, but church leaders dispute the claim. The mayor who revoked the building permit had previously seemed supportive of the church, even attending its groundbreaking ceremony in 2008. In a Facebook post, the church’s pastor wrote an open letter to the mayor, promising to pray for him.

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  • Dear God,May you be with the people of this church.I hope that they were able to celebrate Christmas.And although the people may not be together in a building, please help them to know that THEY are the church and not the building.Please continue supporting Christians in this area.May you soften the heart of the mayor.Thank you.In Jesus' name, Amen
    Rae M - USA
  • Our Father, in all situations, let Your will happen, because it is good. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
    Merike O - Finland
  • Lord,
    I thank You that even though the church building may be closed. I thank You that Your children's hearts are still open to receive You daily. May there faith continue to increase. Help them to see they are the church. Help them to worship You wherever they are. You are everywhere and can be worshiped anywhere! Cover & protect Lord. In Jesus Amen!!
    Deidre S - USA
  • Lord may this mayor respond to Your call on his heart. May he be drawn to Your loving kindness & into Your kingdom of light. Speak courage to the church as they know You are working.."Even when I dont see it, Youre working" TY for solidifying their faith & drawing many to Your church in Jesus Name. Amen
    Lisa T - USA
  • Heavenly Father, please bless and be with this church that was closed in Indonesia. Bless all churches in Indonesia and give their members the strength, guidance, love and peace that they need. I ask for this in Jesus' Name, amen.
    Barbara B - USA
  • Dear Father I pray that you will touch the heart of the Mayor to reinstate the permit of the Indonesia Bethel Church. Lord save the Mayor and all his family. I pray that you will put a spirit of conviction unto repentance upon the Mayor's heart, and allow him to come to the knowledge of the truth and use him to bring others to you. In Jesus name. Amen.
    Cassandra L - USA
  • Help this church find a new location.
    Debbie V - USA
  • Please Father, change this mayor's heart. Please cause the entire community to have great favor on Your people. Please add many to their number and please allow them to worship You freely in the Mighty Name of Jesus, amen.
    Pmandy Y - USA
  • Lord, change the heart and mind of the mayor and other officials that they would approve the building permit for Bethel Church. If this be not Your will, then open up new doors for the church. Praying for the salvation of these officials.May this trial will be used by You, Lord to complete Your purpose in and for this church and the unsaved around them
    margaret m - USA
  • Father we ask You to bring good out of the revoking of the church's permit. Us the open letter from the pastor to go beyond touching the heart of the mayor. May it put on display Who You are and what Your people are about so that others will be drawn to You. Encourage the church members to reach out to their friends and neighbors with the Good News.
    Toni D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI): Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of the Mayor & others around them to You May the Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI) grow in numbers & maturity. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI) : Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of the Mayor & others around the. to You. May the believers be a light to those around them, growing in numbers & maturity. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Lord,
    I pray You would change the heart of those who oppose the building of this church. Give the pastor and congregation strength, courage and peace in this time. Encourage them, bless them and may their faith only grow stronger!
    In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen
    Madison F - USA
  • Dear Lord, please strengthen the faith of these believers. Give them wisdom on how to proceed in the future. Soften the hearts of their neighbors and persecutors so that they too may know the love of Jesus Christ and understand that they are not a threat to their government.
    Betty A - USA
  • Lord, i pray that the heart of government officials be soft and tender toward your church and they may allow this church to pray and worship in this place of worship. let this country may prosper because of the blessings of righteous and let people of this country may know and realize it.in jesus name.amen
    Chauhan A - India
  • Father, thank you for your love for this church and your promise to always be with them. I pay that you will open the doors of this church back up but if not that the people, who are the church, will stand firm in their beliefs and continue to meet and proclaim your word.
    Paula L - USA
  • Father, Indonesian needs churches so I pray that this church would get its status back and be able to be a place of refuge for the people around it. Again I pray for justice to be done for your people but not just for them but for all who still need to come in to the gospel in their area. I asked this all in Jesus name amen .
    Nancy G - USA
  • Father please resolve this situation. May this church continue to be able to meet and worship you freely.
    Rebecca H - New Zealand
  • Father God, I pray for the Indonesia Bethel Church, that you would provide a way forward for them to build on their property. Help them to succeed, Lord, and to be a light for the gospel in Indonesia. Please draw many to yourself in this place. Let your message of grace and salvation through Jesus Christ be known and glorify your name there. Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Holy Father, deal bountifully with these your servants that they may live and keep your words. Give them understanding as they walk in the path of your commandments. Hold them up and keep them safe. Let them not be ashamed of their hope. May evildoers depart from them and be drawn to your mercy and love. Ps 119
    Julie C - USA
  • Heavenly Father in Jesus Name I ask for this church to be built as you used a pagan king to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem use the officals here also as you're no respecter of persons. In JESUS Name Amen
    Michael H - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI): Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of the Mayor & others around them to You. May they keep growing in numbers & maturity, finding favor. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father you know beginning from end because you are the alpha and Omega ...your word declares it so I'm declaring in Jesus name that hand over this situation that you will build up soldiers in Christ growing firm in faith... I declare in Jesus name that you will perform what you have already seen and that's victory for this church amene
    Hone G - Australia
  • Dear Lord, I pray for this church and it's pastor whose building permit has been revoked. Lord, work on the heart of this mayor and convict him of his need for Jesus Christ in his life. Let the church's pastor be encouraged to pray without ceasing for this mayor and make a way for this church to open again. Thank You Lord. Amen.
    Dara W - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI): Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of the Mayor & others around the to You. May they keep growing in numbers & maturity, finding favor. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Lord, We lift up the church in Indonesia & this particular church whose permit has been revoked. We also lift up the mayor in Tanjung Pinang: bless this man & bring him to you, give dreams and visions to him and his family, that they will know you & love you. Bless the church across Indonesia Lord, & our precious brothers & sisters. In Jesus Amen!
    Linda G - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray fr the Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI): Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of the Mayor & others around them to You. May the Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI) & the whole area Church thrive. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear Lord, We lift up the church in Indonesia & this particular church whose permit has been revoked. We also lift up the mayor in Tanjung Pinang: bless this man & bring him to you, give dreams and visions to him and his family, that they will know you & love you. Bless the church across Indonesia dear Lord, & our precious brothers & sisters. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI): Protect, provide for,, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of the Mayor & others around them to You. May the Church grow in numbers & maturity; may all believers benefit. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI)L Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Open the hearts of the Mayor & others around them to You. May the Church grow in numbers & maturity & be a light. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
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