Monday, July 15, 2013

Today in the PC-USA Mission Yearbook

The Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study is a daily devotional with 365 inspiring mission stories that come from next door and all across the globe. It inspires thousands of Presbyterians daily as they uphold the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in intercessory prayer. The stories in the 2013 Mission Yearbook were gathered around the question of Jesus to his disciples, “How many loaves have you?” from Mark 6:38. The book is filled with stories of God’s abundance in the face of overwhelming needs and a scarcity of resources.

Today in the Mission Yearbook: July 15, 2013

INDONESIA - Indonesia has the largest Muslim population of any country. It also includes more than 25 million Christians as well as many Hindus, Buddhists, Confucianists, and indigenous religions. The first principle of its Constitution is “The Great Unity of Deity.” All Indonesians are expected to believe that, whatever their religion or culture, they are all under one God.

For much of history, Indonesia’s religious communities lived in relative harmony. Decentralization of power, democratization, the removal of the military from government, and an economic crisis have led to many ethnic and religious conflicts around Indonesia. New freedoms have led to an upsurge in radical Islamicist activity and attacks on minority groups. The long history of religious peace seems threatened.

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