Christian Persecution Info - Christian Persecution Magazine

Welcome to Christian Persecution Info

Indonesian Pastors Battle Discrimination

Posted on: 2012-12-03 04:57:58
By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (Worthy News)-- In Bekasi, Indonesia, just a few miles south of Jakarta, unrestrained Muslims mobs are shutting down Christian services, threatening pastors and pressuring local officials to move congregations out of their churches.

According to Pastor Gagang, head of the Christian Communication Forum in Bekasi, at least five congregations have been driven from their buildings by pressure from Islamists groups this year alone.

The cost of obtaining a proper building permit can run as high as $125,000 US; in a country with an average per capita income of just under $5,000 per year, the price of a permit is too large for most congregations. However, even for congregations able to raise the money, it can take years to obtain a permit, and there is no guarantee of government approval to actually build a church.

Many of the pastors who applied for permits years ago have yet to receive a response, and those who received permits still found it problematic to get back into their vacated building.

Most of the pastors interviewed by ICC were exhausted by their constant struggle to find a safe place for members to meet; even those who have agreed to relocate soon discover that it doesn't take long before anti-Christian protests begin at their new location.


Do you want to add Prayer to your site?
World News
More Mega 9.0 Earthquakes Are Coming, Study Says
Iran, Russia Boost Nuclear Ties
Islamic State Using U.S. Arms Supplied by Saudi Arabia
Russian Bombers Practice Cruise Missile Strikes on U.S.
U.S. Expands Air Strikes Against Islamic State Around Haditha Dam
Obama: U.S. Will Not Lead Fight Against Islamic State
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres Proposes 'UN for Religions' to Vatican
Israel News
Poll: Nearly Half of Palestinians Support Armed Struggle Against Israel
IDF Concerned of Possible Hezbollah Attack
Abbas Threatens to Break Partnership with Hamas
Israel Prepares for 'Very Violent' War Against Hezbollah
PA Plan Seeks Palestinian State Within 3 Years
Iran Vows to 'Save' al-Aqsa mosque from 'Zionists'
Israel Bolsters Forces Near Syrian Border
U.S. News
Obama To Deploy 3,000 Troops to Fight Ebola
National Facial Recognition System is Operational, FBI Announces
Full Text of President Obama's ISIL Speech
Obama Authorized Expansion of Military Campaign Against Islamic State
Flooding Hits Phoenix As Region Deals With Wettest Day on Record
Obama: U.S. Military to Provide Resources to battle Ebola epidemic in Africa
Feds' Bulletin Warns of Terrorist Threat on Border

Help others find Christian Persecution Info! Use this code to link to Christian Persecution Information on your web page:

<a href="http://www.christian
persecution.info" title="Christian Persecution">Christian Persecution Info</a>

1999-2014 Christian Persecution Info - a Christian website of the Worthy Network