Pray for Peace in Papua

The following is an adapted excerpt from Barry Jordan, serving in Indonesia.

Papua is in the midst of turmoil. At a recent Papuan Congress, a group proclaimed independence from Indonesia, resulting in police and military action. During the last week, seven people have been found dead in a city just over 10 miles from where we live.

In many respects people are going about regular business, but there is an underlying unease.  I canceled my ministry with Team Joshua (an Alliance youth outreach) because of unresolved tensions in Abepura. In Timika, on the southern coast, thousands of striking workers from Freeport McMoran, a large international mining company, have shut down production. Four deaths have been reported in relation to the strike. Large demonstrations have the city on edge.

Political divisions in Ilaga, where my wife, Patty, was born, have seen more than 35 people killed. A Bible translator, who works with an Alliance couple, lives in Ilaga. Because of the revenge cycle that controls wars in Papua, this man is in danger, as he happens to be a relative of those on one side of the conflict. This past week, the son of a political leader was killed; that leader has proclaimed to all his family that this death ends the war and covers for all the unavenged deaths on their side.

What You Can Do

Pray for a harmonious settlement to the dispute and for lasting peace in Papua. Pray, too, that there will be true forgiveness and that the Prince of Peace will rule in the hearts of all those in Papua.

Pray for Alliance workers around the world.

Give to the Great Commission Fund. In doing so you partner with Alliance workers, like the Jordans, to spread the good news in regions of the world where many are desperate for peace, including the people of Papua. 



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