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  1. Pray for Christians to boldly demonstrate and proclaim the grace and salvation of Jesus Christ.
  2. Pray for peace and protection for believers amid growing Islamic momentum and expansion.
  3. Pray for entire families to put their faith in Jesus Christ.

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About Indonesia

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 mega cities. 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 1940’s, 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. In 1999, the first free and fair legislative elections were held and the economy has subsequently begun its climb upwards.

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. 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.

Population

281,562,465

Population In Unreached People Groups

62.5%

Population

281,562,465

Major People Groups
  • Javanese
  • Sundanese
  • Malay
  • Batak
  • Madurese
  • Betawi
  • Minangkabau
  • Buginese
  • Bantenese
  • Banjarese
  • Balinese
  • Acehnese
Population In Unreached People Groups

62.5%

Religion
  • Muslim
  • Protestant
  • Roman Catholic
  • Hindu
  • Other

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  • Capital City

    Jakarta; Note - Indonesian Lawmakers On 18 January 2022 Approved The Relocation Of The Country’s Capital From Jakarta To A Site On The Island Of Borneo Between Samarinda City And The Port City Of Balikpapan; Nusantara, The Name Of The New Capital, Is Expected To Be Established In August 2024

  • Government

    Presidential Republic

  • Language

    Bahasa Indonesia, English, Dutch, Local Dialects; Note - more Than 700 Languages Are Used In Indonesia

  • GDP Per Capita

    $12,400

  • Literacy Rate

    96%

Data sources.

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