A massive volcano eruption Friday morning at Java island's Mount Kelud left at least three people dead and forced over 100,000 to flee the area, as the area was blanketed with ash and debris.
"The eruption sounded like thousands of bombs exploding," said 35-year-old farmer Ratno Pramono, according to The Associated Press. "I thought doomsday was upon us. Women and children were screaming and crying."
Disaster agencies said that the eruption on the country's most populous island could be heard 125 miles away, and spread debris 12 miles into the air, laying ash two inches deep in some places in the surrounding region. more >>
Christians in Indonesia have united together to create an intercessory prayer movement that they hope will result in improved relations between Islam and Protestant believers since their nation is home to 13 percent of the world's Muslim population.
Five million Christians are participating in non-stop prayer throughout hundreds of cities while focusing their prayers on the government, media, youth and social and religious issues of concern.
"24 hours a day, we are praying for the churches in Indonesia, all pastors and leaders. No single hour or day passes without prayers for our country," said Jeffrey Petrus, an organizer of the movement, according to NoticiaCristiana.com. more >>
The U.S. State Department's 2012 report on International Religious Freedom has claimed that the Indonesian government has failed to protect individuals who are targeted for their religious beliefs.
The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta released the annual report on Tuesday.
"The Indonesian government has failed to properly address the banning and assault of religious minority groups," The Jakarta Post reported. more >>
Egyptian-American Pastor Michael Youssef, president of Leading the Way global radio ministry, will be preaching at a massive three-day event in the world's largest Muslim country, Indonesia, today.
The three-day conference at Jakarta's Istora stadium will include musical performances, talks from local church leaders, as well as sermons delivered by Youssef, who will focus on the topic, "What is the value of your soul?"
Phil Cooke, one of the media producers for Youssef's Indonesia mission, told CP on Thursday that this global outreach project reveals the strong affect media has on global evangelism. "This evangelistic outreach in Jakarta, Indonesia with Dr. Michael Youssef is a brilliant example of why media matters to the Church today," Cooke, who is also the founder and CEO of Cooke Pictures, told CP via email. more >>
Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization, has called on the Indonesian president to adopt a "zero tolerance" method to attacks on religious minorities.
In its report "In Religion's Name: Abuses against Religious Minorities in Indonesia," HRW criticizes President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for failing to protect religious minorities from growing religious intolerance and violence.
HRW says that such violence is "on the rise" in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation. more >>
Heavy flooding in Indonesia's capital Jakarta, which began Tuesday, has killed at least 21 people and affected more than 250,000 people, prompting the United States to offer help for victims as residents complain of lack of food, water, clothes, shelter and medicine.
More than 18,000 people had yet to return to their homes as of Saturday due to the flooding caused by torrential rains in the low-lying city, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, locally known as BNPB.
Flood waters have swamped even downtown areas, including where the presidential palace is situated. more >>