The church is facing increasing hostility. Though the national authorities try to look neutral, in reality they are eager to win support from Muslim parties. Muslim extremist groups continue to grow more violent towards persecuted Christians and are experiencing no resistance from the authorities. Muslim Extremists have found an ally in the blasphemy law, which they use to legitimize their actions. In the lead-up to Easter, police discovered five bombs buried near a Catholic church near Jakarta. The bombs, which were due to explode on Good Friday, were successfully defused.
- For the protection of Christians: there were 129 incidents of violence in the first half of 2012 and an unsuccessful suicide bombing of a church in Java in September 2011
- Ask God to stem the influence of extremist Islamic groups
- For Open Doors workers providing legal assistance to believers under pressure