The Dutch began to colonize Indonesia in the early 17th century; Japan occupied the islands from 1942 to 1945. Indonesia declared its independence after Japan's surrender, but it required four years of intermittent negotiations, recurring hostilities, and UN mediation before the Netherlands agreed to transfer sovereignty in 1949. Indonesia's first free parliamentary election after decades of repressive rule took place in 1999. Indonesia is now the world's third-largest democracy, the world's largest archipelagic state, and home to the world's largest Muslim population. Current issues include: alleviating poverty, improving education, preventing terrorism, consolidating democracy after four decades of authoritarianism, implementing economic and financial reforms, stemming corruption, holding the military and police accountable for past human rights violations, addressing climate change, and controlling avian influenza. In 2005, Indonesia reached a historic peace agreement with armed separatists in Aceh, which led to democratic elections in Aceh in December 2006. Indonesia continues to face a low intensity separatist movement in Papua. (CIA)

1. Youth are turning to sex, pornography, drugs, violence and committing crime as an outlet for the stress and pressure of unwholesome lifestyles
2. Poverty and the lack of education have forced youths to the streets and to enter the work force. Youth trafficking is still an issue in Indonesia.
3. Social networks and other online networks have become a double-life for many youth, making many lose the sense of reality, and in many cases, teens, especially girls disappear or runaway because of friends they met online


1. Let us pray that Christian leaders will begin the fight against modern secular culture from within their congregation.
2. Sumatra, Indonesia's largest Island, is the largest unevangelized island in the world.