WSCF & GMKI Call for Solidarity & Dialogue for Peace in Indonesia

June 5th, 2018 7:29 pm

World Student Christian Federation (WSCF) and Indonesian Student Christian Movement (GMKI) Strongly Condemn the Bomb Attacks in Cities of Indonesia and Call for Solidarity and Dialogue for Peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

We are shocked, outraged and concerned about the series of bomb attacks in the cities of Indonesia killing many innocent lives. On May 8, Mako Brimbob Rutan attack killed 5 police personnel, three Churches of Surabaya were targeted named – Church of Santa Maria, Indonesian Christian Church, & the Pentecostal Church were attacked through suicide bombings on May 13, killing 13 civilians and injuring 41, followed by another suicide bombing on the same day in Sidoarjo killing 7 civilians, on May 14, yet another suicide bombing at the Surabaya Mapolresta Office injuring 4 police personnel and 6 civilians. The sequel of the bomb attacks has certainly created a deep terror and trauma in the hearts and minds of people of Indonesia. These violent attacks are reported as ISIS-inspired bombings.

We the World Student Christian Federation stand in solidarity with the people of Indonesia and strongly condemn the heinous act of violence against the peace-loving people and the community. We are deeply concerned about the extremist groups targeting families and innocent children and youth to carry out their act of crime against humanity.

We uphold the innocent young children in our prayers who were misused by the radicals are equally victims of the system and radical teachings in the name of God. People of Indonesia have been coexisting peacefully for centuries by upholding the principles and values of respecting and embracing diversity. No doubt, the people of Indonesia came to streets in huge numbers to show their solidarity and to convey their message to the world that the land of Indonesia cannot be used as a breeding ground for extremism.

We the student community join hands with the peace lovers and seek solidarity of alliances to restore peace in the region as:

The people of Indonesia and the world who believe in peace, diversity, and coexistence stood in solidarity against radicalism and extremism as they say in one voice:

#WeAreNotAffraid

As we envision a world of peace, justice, and harmony, we say this prayer in remembering the people of Indonesia:

Amen

Be reassured of our prayers and solidarity. Remain in God’s presence and prayers meditating His words.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, He rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18

See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before Me. Isaiah 49:16

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

May 15, 2018

Sahat Martin Philip

Chairperson Indonesia SCM

HRJPC

Human Rights Justice & Peace Committee (WSCF Asia Pacific)

 Georgine Kengne Djeutane

Chairperson WSCF Global

Attached: Statement by Indonesia SCM (GMKI) and photos Joint Statement

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