Tuesday, August 18
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W hat is it like to live in a country where everyone believes in God? In Indonesia, the national ideology proclaims “the Great Unity of Deity.” No one doubts that God exists, but everyone wonders how different religious groups, who some see as implacable enemies, can get along. Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population as well as 25 million Christians, and a renaissance of Islam is occurring alongside growth in the Christian church. In some places, this causes conflict and even violence.
Ahmed*, having just been elected president of the State Institute for Islamic Studies, talked with a Christian friend about how to integrate knowledge from Scripture with knowledge from science and even other religions. “How can we learn the truth from one another?” he asked. Ahmed transformed the institute into a full-fledged Muslim university and began inviting Christians to teach. In spite of attacks on his integrity, he helped start a graduate program in religion that is jointly sponsored by Muslim, secular, and Christian universities.
Ahmed showed prophetic courage in opposing religious polarization. A man of deep faith, he believes that all truth is God’s truth and that “you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
—Bernie Adeney-Risakotta, PC(USA) mission coworker, Indonesia
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, Dr. Dong Choi, senior adviser for international cooperation, Sook Choi, English and art lecturer • Jakarta Theological Seminary: Rev. Dr. Rebecca Young, instructor of systematic theology
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Lord, please protect Ahmed* and the many Muslims and Christians who are working for peace and reconciliation in Indonesia.