Area: 1,919,317 sq km
The Republic’s 17,500 islands (6,000 inhabited) stretch over 9.5 million sq km of the Indian/Pacific Oceans, with 33 provinces, 5 of which have special status. Includes the world’s second-largest rain forest and vast coral reefs.
Population: 232,516,771 Annual Growth: 1.19%
Official language: Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia). Its increasing use is unifying the nation and lessening the importance of smaller languages to the younger generation Languages: 722 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Pray for the development of a missionary vision. The history and background of Indonesian Christianity are unique. Indonesians are able to make a significant contribution to world evangelization. Pray for:
a) Churches to be gripped by the challenge of hundreds of unreached peoples in their own country and in other lands of Asia and Africa. The financial and human resources are there. Denominations will need to work together on an unprecedented level.
b) The sending out of Christians individuals, teams and communities as migrants to unevangelized areas with a vision for church planting. Christians need to be set free from tribalism, denominationalism and local loyalties, and learn to be sensitive to the subtleties of ministering cross-culturally.
c) Indonesian missionary agencies are increasing in number. Most are involved in evangelistic and church-planting ministries within Indonesia, and a few have workers outside the country. Also, some Indonesians serve with international missions (YWAM, WEC, OM, Navigators and others).
d) Training and strategy issues are vital for such a vision to be accomplished. Changing the mindset of ordinary Christians and theological students in particular to become more missional is crucial. Vocational training that will allow believers to meaningfully contribute to unreached communities in sensitive and hostile areas is also needed.
For an additional 10 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Indonesia.