Church in Bogor with Canceled Permit Might Reopen This Year

08/15/2019 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – A church in West Java whose permit was canceled by the government in 2011, can potentially be reopened as soon as later this year.

UCA News reports, the mayor of Bogor in West Java province has assured members of the Yasmin Indonesian Christian Church that a final resolution to the dispute is close at hand.

In 2008, the Bogor city administration issued a decree freezing the GKI Yasmin church’s building permit in response to local residents’ resistance. Although higher authorities had nullified the decision, the ban remains in place, especially after hard-line Muslims continue to object the church.

Attempts to resolve the issue have since stalled, but the new Bogor mayor’s comments have brought hope to the church members.

“I am optimistic that there will be good news this Christmas. We have all agreed to focus on a solution instead of debating legal issues as was done in the past,” Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto told reporters on Aug. 13.

“We have good communication with all related parties, which is more intensive,” he added. By related parties, he meant Yasmin church members as well as the city’s Ulema Council branch and Interfaith Communication Forum.

While he would not reveal what the outcome would be given it is premature to talk about it, for the church members who have been holding Sunday services outside the Presidential Palace in Jakarta to call for the reopening of their church, they are looking forward to the day when they can worship at their own church.

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