Pray for Indonesia

Challenges for Prayer

A spiritual conflict rages for Indonesia. Ancient and strong occult powers seek to oppose the influence of the gospel, while modern Muslim stratagems seek to eliminate Christianity and remove the presence of the good news. Pray specifically for the binding of these powers and for the continued growth of the Church in the midst of intense opposition and growing persecution.

Indonesian believers also face a unique challenge as many of their neighbors are in geographical transition due to large-scale resettlement projects, migration, and forced relocation due to natural disasters. However, the emergence of Indonesian as the national language has allowed the Gospel to be communicated across ethnic and geographic borders as never before.

Prayer Points

•Pray for Christians to boldly demonstrate and proclaim the grace and salvation of Jesus Christ.

•Pray for peace and protection for believers amid growing Islamic momentum and expansion.

•Pray for entire families to put their faith in Jesus Christ.

•Pray for a prayer group in every neighborhood, linked with a prayer network in every city and province.

•Pray for Indonesian believers to be set free from tribalism, denominationalism, and local loyalties.

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Religion in Indonesia

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 37,853,908 15.05 1.6
Evangelicals 14,010,751 5.2 2.8
Muslims 187,734,219 86.01

Persecution is a reality for many believers in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world. While only 15% of the population claim to follow Christ, the church in Indonesia is experiencing profound unity as a result of persecution, and mission organizations are growing in number, reaching many through evangelistic endeavors.

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About Indonesia

Geography

Land 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.

Tens of thousands of tropical coastline miles hem in the world’s largest archipelagic state of Indonesia. With over 17,000 islands separating the Indian Ocean from the Pacific, Indonesia and its people are as numerous as the islands themselves, and it stands as the fourth most populous country in the world. 

Unity proves to be a constant challenge as over 722 languages are spoken and people are scattered across 6,000 islands varying in composition from rural fishing villages to highly metropolitan megacities.

Population:   260,580,739     

Capital: Jakarta

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

The 2004 undersea earthquake and tsunami, which left over 220,000 either dead or missing and displaced millions more, established a tragic sense of unity, yet challenges remain.

From the early 16th century until the mid-1940s, Indonesia found itself at the center of colonization and imperialism. The Portuguese, Dutch, British, and Japanese all took turns as uninvited rulers of Indonesian lands, but the nation gained independence by 1945.

A 1965 communist coup brought General Suharto into power, and while the economy flourished for periods of his thirty-year reign, Suharto was an oppressive dictator who led with little regard for his people. Riots and a collapsing economy ended Suharto’s rule in 1997 and ushered in a time of reconstruction.

Economy

Indonesia has the largest economy in Southeast Asia and is one of the emerging market economies of the world. In 2012, Indonesia replaced India as the second-fastest-growing G-20 economy, behind China.  

Indonesia is the world’s biggest producer and consumer of palm oil, providing about half of the world’s supply.

Economic disparity and the flow of natural resource profits to Jakarta has led to discontent and even contributed to separatist movements.

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Pray for Brazil

CHALLENGES TO PRAYER

Numerical rather than spiritual growth is the emphasis of too many groups.

Prosperity theology has shaped much of Pentecostalism in Brazil.

Leadership models are sorely lacking.

Effective appropriate training is key to addressing the above issues.

PRAYER POINTS

•Pray for spiritual maturity throughout the rapidly-growing evangelical church.

• Pray for the Spirit of God to transform lives within sprawling urban slums.

•Pray that as people are helped with their physical problems that God would also touch their hearts as they hear and read His Word.

•Pray for missionaries to be sent to areas and roughly 130 tribes unreached by the Gospel.

•Pray for integrity within government – corruption scandal ( Operation Car Wash)

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Religion in Brazil

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 178,616,852                91.40 1.1
Evangelicals 51,334,091 26.3 1.7
Spiritist 2,231,470 2.2

Though more than 74% of the country’s people identify themselves as Roman Catholic and another 16% identify themselves as Christian, Brazil is a nation struggling with nominalism and Spiritism.

Catholicism was introduced to Brazil when the European settlers arrived with the aim of ‘civilising’ the local native people.

The number of evangelical believers in Brazil continues to grow and it has become a missionary-sending nation.

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Federal Republic of Brazil

Geography

Land area: 8,511,965 sq km

One-half of the land surface and population of South America. The world’s fifth largest country in both area and population.

Population: 207,353,391      

Capital: Brasilia

Official language: Portuguese

Languages: 193

The Portuguese discovered Brazil by accident when Pedro Alvares Cabral landed on 23 April 1500 on his way to India.

Coffee was first grown in Amazonia in 1727. In the late 18th century it spread across Brazil and from the mid 19th century it boomed.

The ever-shrinking population of indigenous Amerindians, who in 1500 A.D. numbered over 6 million but today number less than 250,000.

Christ the Redeemer looks down with open arms on Brazil, but so many in Brazil need to look to Christ to be redeemed.

Christ the Redeemer looks down with open arms on Brazil, but so many in Brazil need to look to Christ to be redeemed.

Social Inequalities

Of the 200 million people in the nation, 40 million Brazilians live below the poverty line.  While the richest 10% of Brazilians garner nearly half the income of Brazil, the poorest 10% get less than 1%. In Rio de Janeiro, 20-25% of the city’s population lives in slums called favelas.  Within these slums, hundreds of thousands of street children find themselves trapped in drug addiction, prostitution, and violence, and many suffer from AIDS.

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Prayer for China

•The massive and rapid growth has created an enormous need for further access to Bibles and sound Biblical teaching, particularly in the face of pressing moral and ethical situations and questions.

•Over 183,000,000 remain unreached by the Gospel and over 500 million are held captive to the mixed philosophies and teachings of Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Atheism.

Prayer points

•Pray for continued Church growth and pure biblical teaching amid ongoing persecution.

•Pray for Jesus’ teachings to take deep root in the culture and expose all false religions. •Pray for a renewed value for life to abolish abortion, suicide, abandonment, and human trafficking. 

•Pray for Chinese families who cannot attend their church as it has been closed.

•Pray also for teachers in some areas who are being “encouraged” to have no religious affiliation, as a sign of being a good teacher.

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Religion in China

Largest Religion: Non-religious

Religion                 Pop % Ann Gr
Traditional beliefs                91.0
Christians 105,382,315 7.92 2.7
Evangelicals 75,399,270 5.7 2.9

The gruesome persecution that followed the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) only gave the Church greater momentum. 

Christians represent every stratum of society in the state-controlled Protestant church, rural house church networks, and the vibrant urban professional churches.

A vast network of passionate house churches has arisen with astounding growth that can no longer be ignored. Arrests and forced closures are increasing in key areas.

In Zhejiang province, Christians are being forced to sign statements that they “originally did not understand Christianity, but now they have a more comprehensive understanding of religious belief and of their own spiritual needs they have decided from today no longer to attend Christian activities and no longer to believe in Christianity”. This is being enforced by Party officials down to village level.

A document from Leqing City in Zhejiang forces Christian teachers to sign the following: “I resolve not to believe in religion nor to attend any religious activities nor to propagate religion. To strengthen the Marxist view on religion and to strengthen atheistic education and no longer to believe in religion”.

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