Christians in Indonesia face regular prayer disruptions
Members of the Indonesian Bethel Church (GBI) Solagracia in West Sumatra faced intimidation, threats, and disruption by community members while holding a prayer service in a rented house on Tuesday, August 29.
Juni, a day labourer and a church member had been leasing the property since early July. He generously offered the congregation the space for occasional worship and had secured permission from the homeowner for this purpose.
Approximately 15 church members gathered for the Tuesday afternoon service. As they engaged in prayer and song, a woman residing nearby, accompanied by her husband and two younger siblings, approached the house.
The situation quickly took an alarming turn as they began to shout and forcefully pound on the door. Eventually, the situation escalated, leading to the attackers breaking a window in the home, forcing the church members to flee.
Juni reported the incident to the Padang Police the following morning, seeking a criminal investigation. However, the police only questioned the perpetrator before releasing them, attributing the actions to a mental disorder.