Evangelist Franklin Graham issued an urgent call to prayer for a Christian governor on trial for his beliefs. “We need to pray for the Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama, who is on trial for what the Muslims are calling blasphemy, which is ridiculous. He’s the first non-Muslim governor of the Indonesian capital in more than half a century.

They’re coming after him because he’s a Christian. Hard line Muslim groups have organized protests against him and some have even called for him to be lynched. This is the kind of persecution that is going on around the world in countries that are controlled by Islam. Pray for this man and his family,” Graham posted to Facebook. Basuki is the first Christian governor in nearly 50 years to govern the predominantly Muslim city, The New York Times reports. Basuki inherited the office in 2014. READ MORE