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Indonesia: The Man in the White Hat

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Radical Muslims caused trouble for a woman named Huta Julu and her church in Indonesia many times.

One night the Muslims nailed boards over the windows and doors so no one could get into the church. So the congregation worshiped in front of the church. Then the Muslims poured mud in front of the church and made it hard to walk there.

Huta Julu said, “We moved into the street to worship and praise God. A Muslim mob brought knives to scare us. We were singing, ‘In the name of Jesus, we have the victory.’ As we sang, many in the mob backed up and tripped, and some fell down….Nothing can separate us from the love of God.”

The Muslim Leader
A man in a white hat led the attacks on the church. (See the man in the photo above.) The Voice of the Martyrs has learned more from this man about what happened after the attacks.

The man threatened Huta Julu during the attack. He heard her pray, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Jesus said the same thing about His enemies when He was on the cross. See Luke 23:34.)

Another time, Huta Julu said to the man, “If I die, you will take my place.” The man went home, amazed by the behavior of those who follow Jesus.”

A Surprising Change
The man in the white hat was the leader of a mosque. A mosque is a building where Muslims meet together to practice their religion.

“A week after these incidents with the church, I was standing on the stage at the mosque for our Friday service,” said the man. “Suddenly I blurted out the words, ‘The only way to salvation is Jesus. Jesus is the way.’ The words just came out. I did not yet know all of what I was saying.

“The worshipers were angry. They rushed up to the stage and beat me right there in the mosque.”

God helped the man escape. He got his wife and children, and they jumped on a bus that was going to another city. Christians helped his family settle in a new home.

The church members he attacked now meet in homes. Every Sunday he calls to wish them a “Happy Sunday.”

Huta Julu said, “Believe that God is here and that He walks in the middle of your problems. As you bless others, you will receive blessing.”

The Bible says, “Bless those who persecute you” (Romans 12:14). Huta Julu obeyed the Bible when she asked God to forgive the man in the white hat. Praise God for the man’s new faith. Pray for his children, who will now grow up knowing the truth about Jesus.


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