Despite persecution in Indonesia, young people commit to reaching the lost

By September 27, 2005

Indonesia (MNN) — Christians have been killed. Churches have been closed. All of this is being done to Christians every day in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation. Recently three women were found guilty of violating the country’s 2002 Child Protection Act for sharing the Gospel with Muslim children.

The Seed Company’s Roy Peterson just returned from Indonesia. “There were churches that were being closed down by the majority religion, there. There is a lack of freedom to get land to open up and build new churches. They are living with persecution. It’s very quiet. Not well-broadcast persecution, but it is a part of everyday life.”

Despite the persecution, Peterson says, the church is doing everything they can to encourage evangelism. “The church in Indonesia has been, over the last eight years, has been challenging young people across the nation to get involved in world missions and very specifically reaching out to the unreached people groups.”

Peterson spoke at a conference calling young people to missions. He says hundreds responded positively to that call, which is desperately needed because, “Many of the people groups in Indonesia still don’t have the Scriptures in their language as there’s about 700 different languages across those 3,000 miles of islands.”

Under the Seed Company model, they’re training Indonesians to do the work and many are responding, says Peterson. “Across the spectrum I saw young people, I saw pastors, and I saw business people giving strategically. I just came away with a sense of God working in that country.”

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