The religious freedom of Christians in the Philippines is protected constitutionally, but that doesn’t prevent them from facing persecution on a local level.
ChristianToday.com reports that recently, a group of Christians were gathered to be discipled by Pastor Yudianto when a group of Muslim radicals broke up their meeting, threatening them with death if they met together again.
After the radicals left, the family hosting Pastor Yudianto voiced their fears, but said they still wanted to be discipled.
"Pastor Yudianto stayed a while longer with the family who had hosted the church meeting," said Bruce Allen of Forgotten Missionaries International (FMI). "They just shared their heart with him, wondering, 'How do we go on from here? We're nervous, we're scared, but what do we do next? We still want to be discipled by you.'"
Pastor Yudianto plans to meet with the Christians again despite the threats they received.
"He'll hold a meeting with all those Christians again, several different families and parts of families represented in that new congregation, and really encourage them, saying, 'This is what we face as Christians in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim dominant country,'" Allen said.
FMI is also giving Pastor Yudianto the training he needs to continue his evangelism in an environment that is often hostile to Christians.
Publication date: August 17, 2016
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