With the persecution of Christians happening all over the world, the most recent attack in Indonesia hits home for Bread of Stone founders, Bill and Ben Kristijanto. While in California doing a benefit concert to raise money for an Indonesian church, the brothers heard the news of the tragedy in their native land. An attack happened this past week on the Christian village of Horale, where people including children, were tortured. Not only were people hurt, but the village community also suffered a great loss as the village school, three churches and 120 houses were burnt down.
â€œItâ€™s kind of ironic that weâ€™re playing to raise money for a church building, in a country where we can freely worship God, while halfway around the world a church building was recently burned down, in a country where being a Christian is a minority,â€ says Bill Kristijanto, who was born in Bandung, Indonesia and lived the first nine years of his life in Jatibarang. â€œThis shows me how bold our brothers and sisters are in Indonesia and leads me to pray to see how we can help! So please join me to pray for the people in Indonesia, that God will give them the strength to continue to be bold for Christ and to love the people that wronged them.â€
Raised in a Christian home, the Kristijanto brothers know first hand of the needs and problems as they receive daily updates from their father, Nehemia, who travels with the band and also has a ministry in Indonesia. â€œWith my dad going back to Indonesia every year, he is able to lift their spirits up and to refresh their faith towards God,â€ says Ben Kristijanto. â€œItâ€™s such an encouragement for them to have someone like my father to come to them and share with them the things that the Lord is doing in some other part of the world. I myself hope to be able to join in and encourage them to keep looking towards the greater goal.â€
Bread of Stone consists of Ben Kristijanto (lead vocals, guitar, keys), Bill Kristijanto (lead guitar), Jeremi Hough (drums), and Tim Barnes (bass).
In June, Bread of Stone will start a summer of ministering across the United States to various youth camps, festivals and TV tapings. For more information about Bread of Stone, please visit http://www.BreadOfStone.com.
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