The recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia have claimed more than 2,000 lives. Many thousands more have been left homeless because their homes have been destroyed. Last week, Open Doors workers went to visit a village affected by the earthquake – and incredibly they found a group of Christians standing under a makeshift tent, singing their praises to God. What incredible faith!
And on top of all that, Christians are facing added discrimination because of their faith as aid is distributed. One of the Open Doors workers shared that Petobo, a Muslim majority village, is located next to a Christian majority village. But when military tents and other relief aid were sent to the Muslim victims, only a small amount of instant noodles were given to the Christians. The Open Doors worker says that such discrimination is widespread.
And yet, our brothers and sisters still choose to sing ‘Hallelujah’. And your support and prayers are helping them to keep going.
Many Christians and churches from across Indonesia are currently on their way to help those who have been neglected. Your support has already helped to provide tents and food aid for persecuted believers, and Open Doors will be collaborating with others to find temporary shelters for the homeless. Plans are also underway to build new houses and churches for them.
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.