These are stories of how God is working in some of the 50 most dangerous countries of the world to be a Christian. Indonesia is #49 on the 2020 World Watch List.
In December 15, 1999, a Muslim mob attacked the Doulos Bible School on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. One of the main aims of this Bible School is to evangelize among the 30-million-strong Sundanese, the largest unreached people group in the world, who live in West Java. One student died and forty-four other students were wounded. About eighty percent of the buildings were destroyed. Dominggus Kenjam is a young student who was injured. He shares his personal story of the events that fatal evening:
That night I was asleep in bed so I didn’t know what was happening. Suddenly a friend woke me up and shouted that we were being attacked. The building was already burning and I did not know where to run to. I knew if I ran to the main gate I would be killed. I ran to the back of the campus where my friend lived. I prayed “Lord, if I die, I know I will go to heaven.”
Suddenly the crowds arrived and they shouted to kill me. They grabbed me and blindfolded me. The Lord spoke to me “Don’t be afraid, I will be with you.” They hit me with a big stick and I lost consciousness. I felt my spirit leave my body. Through a sequence of events I was brought to a place where people were singing and worshiping God. I saw a very bright light and I closed my eyes and bowed down. A voice said “Your time has not come yet, it is time to go back!”
I regained consciousness and realized where I was. I tried to look at my watch but I discovered my neck was very badly cut. I saw all the blood. I prayed that the Lord would send someone to take me to hospital. I thanked the Lord that I could be persecuted for the gospel and that through this I could meet Him.
When the police arrived they asked, “Where did you find this corpse?” They took me to hospital. I tried to open my eyes and I still saw the angels around me. The doctors said I would be paralyzed but as you can see I am not.
Upon the conclusion of his testimony, Dominggus was asked the obvious question: “What now? They will come back to finish the job and kill you. What do you want to do with your life Dominggus?” He replied with great conviction, “I just want to serve Jesus.”
Open Doors: “Standing Strong Through the Storm,” 24 May 2019