The members of six Indonesian churches, destroyed last year at the hands of Islamist extremists , are seeing growth despite rising Christian persecution and having to hold services in the forest.
According to the Clarion Project, churches in Aceh province were burnt to the ground by angry mobs and police officers. Those actions were incited by hardline Muslim residents to destroy all unregistered churches.
The Aceh province enforces Sharia law, making it nearly impossible for Christians to rebuild churches.
Non-Muslims must obtain 60 signatures from persons of another faith and receive a permit from the authorities in order to build a church.
However, believers fear the authorities will not hand over building permits as to do so would anger Muslim voters in the run-up to local elections in February 2017.
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