The majority of Indonesian Christians enjoy freedom living as Jesus’ followers, but the government does not allow Christianity to spread in the country. Christians make up 10% of the population, but numerous regulations have been put into place to curb evangelism.
As a result, mission workers face major difficulties in moving forward and some have even been thrown into prison. “A fellow mission worker gave a Bible to a Muslim-background believer,” says Wira*, a worker in East Java province. “The evangelist was reported to the police.” In other instances, mission workers are threatened by the local community and Muslim radical groups.
With danger lurking at every corner, 20 percent of mission workers have left due to pressure and loneliness. They have to overcome loneliness, a sense of separation, fear of being caught by Islamic leaders, and so many other things that hardpress them.”
Since 2007, Open Doors has established a network of workers in nine areas to where they can pray for and encourage one another. “In these meetings, they exchange news, information, and best practices from the field,” explains a project officer.
Open Doors also listens to their struggles and provides gentle words to lift their burdens.
“Open Doors can play Apostle Paul’s role by visiting, comforting, and strengthening us in the field. We are truly blessed by your support. Thank you for visiting us; it brings us great encouragement.”
Hendrik*, mission worker in Indonesia
The workers play a pivotal role not only in preaching the gospel but also in discipling new believers. Without them, the faith of many converts would dwindle. Through the network, Open Doors has identified and met the various needs of secret believers who are encouraged by the mission workers.
“I’m amazed at the work of Open Doors in Indonesia. If we were in a boxing match, Open Doors is like having a full body contact. You support the body of Christ from back to front, from top to bottom. We are tremendously blessed by your presence,”
Agus*, mission worker in Indonesia
*Names changed for security reasons
Source: Open Doors
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