SURABAYA, Indonesia — A group disgruntled about the presence of a Christian congregation in the community disrupted a worship service while police watched.
Morning Star News reports that Muslims upset with the congregation being in a Muslim-majority area disrupted the July 2 worship service of Mawar Sharon Church at a café in Setia village in North Sumatra province. Demonstrations against the church preceded the disruption of the worship time.
This was the second time in a month that Muslims had halted the congregation’s worship time.
On May 19, a group of about 40 Muslims stopped the congregation’s midday service at the café.
Indonesia is No. 33 on Open Doors’ 2023 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.
“Indonesian society has adopted a more conservative Islamic character, and churches involved in evangelistic outreach are at risk of being targeted by Islamic extremist groups,” states Morning Star, quoting Open Doors’ World Watch List report.