Saturday, January 07, 2006

Muslims Persecute Orthodox in Indonesia

Just in: this e-mail alert, reminding us to pray for the endangered Orthodox Christians in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim nation in the world:

I just received a call from Fr. Gordon Walker (Antiochian/Franklin, TN). Fr. Gordon had just spoken to Fr. Daniel Byantoro, who is in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is Sunday morning there and Fr. Daniel was on his way to church.

Yesterday, a group of over 200 radical Muslims came to the compound where the church of St. Thomas is located. They surrounded the compound with the intent of burning the church down. (Fr. Daniel also lives within the compound walls.) The owners of the factory located in the compound think that they were able to persuade the radicals to leave the property alone. They had to agree not to worship in the compound.

Please pray for the safety of the Indonesian Orthodox Christians, for Fr. Daniel and the church of St. Thomas. Today, they are going to a private home to celebrate the Divine Liturgy.

Thank you for your prayers.

Fr. Daniel Byantoro is a convert from Islam, and some practitioners of the Religion of Peace believe such "apostasy" requires death. For more information on Fr. Daniel and the Church in Indonesia, click here.

St. Michael the Archangel, pray for us!

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