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Thousands pray for Indonesia, world
Gathering is the first World Prayer Assembly since 1984Protestant pastors at the World Prayer Assembly 2012 in Jakarta (Photo by Ryan Dagur)
- Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- May 18, 2012
The service at the Bung Karno Stadium was one of the highlights of World Prayer Assembly 2012, a five-day gathering of Christian leaders that aims to transform the world through prayer.
The event, which also includes a series of workshops on Christian leadership, was organized and co-hosted by leaders of Indonesian and Korean prayer movements with the support of international prayer networks such as the International Prayer Council and the Global Day of Prayer.
The last World Prayer Assembly was held in 1984.
Reverend Bambang Widjaya, an organizer and secretary of the Communion of Churches in Indonesia Advisory Desk, said one of the goals of the May 14-18 event was â€śto ask for Godâ€™s blessings so that Indonesia will experience economic prosperity, spiritual and moral renewal and be rid of natural disasters.â€ť
The service yesterday sought to bring about welfare, justice, joy and peace in the world, he added.
â€śLet us make our world free from crime and other bad things,â€ť he said.
According to Reverend Yonggi Cho from Korea, Christians are called to be Godâ€™s arms.
â€śThe world needs us to, again, serve as Godâ€™s children to return the dignity of all people who continue to suffer,â€ť he said.
Yohanes Sutanto, a participant, said he hoped the service will help free Indonesia from corruption and poverty.
â€śAnother serious issue [which should be dealt with] is intolerance among religious communities,â€ť he said. However, prayers alone will not work, he warned.
â€śConcrete action must not be forgotten. Christians should help deal with problems,â€ť he added.