Church Leader in Papua urge people not to use alcohol at New Year’s, Rev. Jimmy: Keep tolerance – Chairman of the Indonesian Pastors Association (API) of the Papua Province Regional Leadership Council, Rev. Jimy Koerowa appealed to the public to keep order and security during the 2023 New Year celebrations.

All Papuan people are advised not to consume liquor which can trigger security disturbances and cause discomfort to fellow citizens.

“Keep us away from everything that will harm us all, from consuming liquor so that accidents don’t have to happen,” said Rev. Jimy Koerowa in a press release received by, Wednesday (28/12/2022).

“Let’s welcome the birth of a Christmas baby, namely the Lord Jesus Christ and a new year with peace and joy,” he continued.

Rev. Jimmy also invited all elements of society to maintain religious tolerance in Papua; mutual respect for one another and maintain public order.

“To our brothers and sisters of other religions, we invite them to celebrate together so that Papua remains a safe and peaceful Papua,” he said.

Meanwhile Rev. Jimy Koerowa representing the Chair of the 2022 Worship and Lamentation Prayer Committee expressed his gratitude to the security forces who took part in the 2022 service and lamentations at Kampung Harapan, Sentani on December 8, 2022.

So that, the Christmas service takes place in peace and safety, and all people can go home happy.

“To Mr. Kapolda Papua and Mr. Pangdam XVII/Cenderawasih and all his staff, we express our deepest gratitude and may this togetherness between the security forces and the people of Papua will continue,” he said.

Previously, the Governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe, said the Christmas Service and the Wailing Prayer were prayers for repentance for the Papuan people.

“Papuan people must repent and must be able to forgive others,” Enembe said briefly.

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