The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Shelter from jihad

Indonesian Christians find refuge at camp run by ELCA partner

When we parted, John Barahama hugged me. Only 15 minutes earlier the fisherman had described killing 48 Muslims while traveling to the safety of a refugee camp in Bitung, a fishing city in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. "I had no choice," he told me. "It was kill or be killed." He credits God with keeping him alive.

Barahama's home is east of North Sulawesi, in a village on Halmahera island in the Molukus — sometimes called the Spice Islands. Indonesia is a nation of 14,000 islands that spread farther from east to west than the distance between New York and Los Angeles.

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