for this Christian Group in Aceh *
We know that 80% of the town of
Meulaboh in Aceh was destroyed by the Tsunami waves and
80% of the people also died. This is one of the towns that was hit the
there is a fantastic testimony from Meulaboh. In that town are about 400
Christians. They wanted to celebrate
Christmas on December 25th but were not allowed to do so by
the Muslims of Meulaboh. They were told if they wanted to celebrate
Christmas they needed to go outside the city of Meulaboh on a
high hill and they can
celebrate Christmas there .
Because the Christians desired to celebrate Christmas
the 400 believers left the city on December 25th and after
they celebrated Christmas they stayed overnight on the hill.
As we all
know, in the morning of Sunday, December 26 -2004 , there was the
earthquake followed by the Tsunami waves destroying most of the city of
thousands were killed.
The 400 believers
were on the mountain and were all saved from destruction.
[we're told that some of] the
Muslims of Meulaboh [said] that the God of the Christians punished
us for forbidding the Christians from celebrating Christmas in the
city. Others are questioning why so many Muslims died while not even
one of the Christians died there. [Other Muslims of course deny
the Christians insisted on their rights to celebrate Christmas in the
city, they would have all died. But because they humbled themselves and
followed the advice of the Muslims they all were spared destruction and
can now testify of God's marvelous protection.
a testimony of the grace of God and the fact that as believers we have
no rights in the world. Our right is to come before God and commit our
lives to Him. Our right is to kneel down before the Lord almighty and
commit our ways to Him. He is our Father and is very capable to care
for His children. Praise the Name of the Lord.
Life Fellowship in Indonesia
web site now includes two links relating to this story. One
disputes the story (The Snopes Report), the other is a forum
with Indonesian - and expats living in Indonesia - posts.
reading both, and having lived enough in Indonesia to get a taste of
the persecution Christians can be put through, I have concluded the
story is likely true. Those who can confirm it will not go on record to
do so because of the persecution - possible death or torture, to them
or their loved ones - that could result and because some of the
conclusions the writer makes may not be accurate or may have been
better left unsaid. - Ed
church web site also says:
We have confirmed the story via phone and
email with Bill Hekman and through an Indonesian pastor who has heard
the story from several persons with firsthand knowledge, as follows:
This is the account from the believers
in Meulaboh. The 400 believers involved are from the Roman Catholic
Church, GPIB Church and HKPB Church. They had requested permission from
the District Leader (Camat), Police (POLRES) and DANDIM (Army) to
celebrate Christmas in Meulaboh. They were told that since Meulaboh is
under Sharia Islamic law it would better to go somewhere where there
are no Moslems. So the believers left the morning of Dec. 25th and
walked about 5 kms to a hill area. They were accompanied by some
members of the Marine Corps who were also Christians. They celebrated
Christmas the afternoon of Dec. 25th and stayed there for the night at
a "Retreat". They had brought food, etc. to camp there for the night.
The tsunami took place the morning of the 26th of Dec. These believers
are now refugees living in Aceh Jaya. Another accounting.