Day 10

DECEMBER | 2022

Indonesia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Across Indonesia each year 12 million girls are married before they turn 18 making it among the 10 nations of the world with the highest number of child brides. Advocacy groups say that child brides are significantly more at risk of exploitation, sexual violence, domestic abuse, and death in early childbirth. Though the Constitutional Court agreed to increase the legal age for marriage, it did not specify which age, rendering the ruling meaningless. Lawmakers have spent the last three years arguing about what the age should be increased to. Pray for a speedy resolution and a passing of a new, enforceable law. Pray for young girls to hear about the love of Jesus this month (The Bible, Ephesians 5:2).

Source: Indonesian Legislator: “End Child Marriage Hell. It’s as if We Didn’t Care.” (Missions Box)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Having Southeast Asia’s strongest economy, Indonesia is also one of the G20’s wealthiest. It is the world’s fourth most populous nation. It also has the largest concentration of Muslims, yet Indonesia has an astonishingly high level of Christian presence. More than twelve percent of the population are Christians, over 33 million people, with church growth continuing to increase. While Christianity is not illegal, provincial laws can override it and Islamic law is sometimes used. Muslim extremists continue to spread anti-Christian messages in the public sector. President Widodo’s agenda to shift Indonesia from secularism to Islamization would seem to predict elevated levels of Christian persecution in the future. Indonesia has been the worst affected nation in Southeast Asia during the COVID-19 pandemic. They currently hold the 2022 presidency of the G20 and during the Summit in Bali, Indonesia called for urgent attention to be paid to the current global food and fuel crisis.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Joko Widodo
HEAD OF GOV.
President Joko Widodo
POPULATION
255.9 million
CHRISTIANS
12.9%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.8%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
47
REFUGEES
11,186
LIFE EXPECTANCY
72.45 yrs
LITERACY RATE
92.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
11.7%