Jul 12: Indonesia, Maluku

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Indonesia

Republic of Indonesia

Asia

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Geography

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%

Capital: Jakarta

Urbanites: 53.7%

HDI Rank: 111 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 784 (26% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

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

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians36,853,90815.851.6
Evangelicals13,010,7515.62.8
Muslim186,734,21980.31 

Prayercast

Challenge for Prayer

The work of missions has been blessed of God despite the obstacles of geography, bureaucracy and the spirit world. Stand with these brothers and sisters in the battle for:

a) Visas, which are very difficult for foreign missionaries to get. Only those who work among animists or in theological education are able to acquire visas. Pray for doors to open for those whom God is calling to this nation.

b) Innovative ministry alternatives for those seeking to live a committed Christian life and witness in Indonesia – as business professionals, teachers, students, in aid and relief and such. Pray for effective cooperation among those focused on incarnating the gospel among unreached peoples.

c) Missionaries serving in animistic areas of West Kalimantan, Papua and Maluku where young churches are developing to maturity. Church/mission relationships must be covered in prayer.

d) The great lack of missionaries in Sumatra, Nusa Tenggara Barat and Sulawesi needs to be filled. Pray that no island may remain unserved by national or international gospel workers.

e) The wide variety of international mission organizations working in Indonesia. Major ministries include teaching, theological training, assisting in training Indonesian missionaries, working for relief and development and supporting Indonesian media ministries such as literature and radio. Pray for more Asian missionaries to come to Indonesia.

     For an additional 11 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Indonesia.


Maluku

Indonesia

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Challenge for Prayer

The Maluku Protestant Church, founded in 1605, is Asia’s oldest Protestant denomination. Nominalism has compromised the witness of the Church, while the proportion of Muslims has grown through immigration, conversion of Maluku peoples and most notably the enforced flight of Christians to other regions. Other denominations entered Maluku and see modest growth, despite the upheaval and persecution of recent years. The arrangement of separate villages for Christians and Muslims allows peace to prosper somewhat, but believers know this is not a long-term solution for effective witness and outreach. Pray for healing for the many who suffered great trauma and loss. Pray also for their ability to lovingly witness to their Muslim neighbours, even to their former persecutors.

     For an additional 3 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Maluku.