Teen Locked in Room for 3 Months, Defies Witchdoctor

Balinese women
Balinese women prepare offerings for a temple festival. (Yves Picq / Creative Commons)

Seventeen-year-old Kasih* has been locked in her room for three months now.

Her crime? Claiming Jesus Christ as her Savior.

Kasih recently made a decision to follow the Lord, according to the International Mission Board (IMB). She knew what this decision would cost.

When she shared her faith in Christ with her Hindu family, they inflicted persecution on her. Kasih managed to escape, but she was rediscovered by her family three months ago and locked away in her room.

Kasih and her family are Balinese, living in Indonesia. The Balinese people group is a "least reached" group as ranked by the Joshua Project. Less than 2 percent have accepted Christ. Furthermore, the Open Doors World Watch List labels Indonesia a country with moderate persecution of believers.

Within her particular village, Kasih is the first believer. The IMB reports that her family thinks in time she will forget Jesus if they cut off her contact with other believers.

The family keeps taking Kasih to a witchdoctor to convert her back to Hinduism. But she refuses to deny God and return to her family’s Hindu gods.

The IMB shares Kasih’s words: “You know, the witchdoctor is big, but I am not afraid because I have Jesus, and He is bigger.”

Please pray that Kasih will continue to stand up boldly for Jesus and that many from her family and village will come to know Him as a result.

*Name changed to protect identity.

This article was originally posted on mnnonline.org

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