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Friday, August 8

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Malia Lenakoly represents the latest generation of Indonesians who respect and embrace diversity in their homeland. Photo by Febrianti Rante

 

Malia Lenakoly represents the latest generation of Indonesians who respect and embrace diversity in their homeland.

 

Photo by Febrianti Rante

 

Malia Lenakoly, a student at Jakarta Theological Seminary, plans to become a pastor in Maluku, in eastern Indonesia, after graduating. Throughout her life, she has been accustomed to making friends with people of other religions. Her family visits Muslim neighbors during special days on the Islamic calendar. At Christmastime, the same neighbors stop by to wish her family a merry Christmas.

Malia acknowledges that over the past 10 years a fundamentalist movement tied to bombings and violence has emerged within Islam and Christianity. But those incidents did not affect her or anyone she knows, because they were aimed at Westerners and international media.

According to Malia, only a very small percentage of the people in Indonesia are fundamentalists. The vast majority of Indonesians respect their country’s motto, bhinneka tunggal ika (unity in diversity). “Our constitution respects and includes diversity,” she says. “It’s great when our young people learn about other faiths in school and in their daily interactions.”

Rev. Dr. Rebecca B. Young, PC(USA) mission coworker, Jakarta

Let us join in prayer for:

PC(USA) People in Mission

Communion of Churches in Indonesia, Duta Wacana Christian University: Dr. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta, professor of ethics, Dr. Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta, professor of social science, faculty of business • Jakarta Theological Seminary/Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: Rev. Dr. Rebecca Young, instructor of systematic theology

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff

Rev. John McFayden, BOP
Carol McGinn, BOP

Let us pray

Our loving God, thank you for the gift of the young adults in Indonesia who reach out to their friends in a spirit of love. May their example be a light to the world, that all may live in peace. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 84; 148
First Reading Judges 9:1-16, 19-21
Second Reading Acts 4:13-31
Gospel Reading John 2:1-12
Evening Psalms 25; 40

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