As persecution increases, your family needs your support to keep faith and hope alive
Printable sheet with key facts, figures, information and prayer points. Useful for your church noticeboard or prayer group.
Leader: King Salman
Population: 32.2 million (1.4 million Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
World Watch List Rank: 14
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism
Converting from Islam to another religion is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia - but the number of Christians from Muslim backgrounds is growing.
This is partly thanks to Christian satellite TV programmes, but also through dreams and visions about Jesus. These visions are sometimes experienced by Muslims on the Hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca. However, Saudi Christians must keep their faith completely secret. If not executed by the state, they risk becoming the victim of an honour killing by a family member - leaving Islam is a great disgrace.
- Thank God that despite the serious risks, increasing numbers of Muslims are deciding to follow Jesus in Saudi Arabia. Ask God to continue revealing himself to many
- For God to continue to work through Christian TV, and to bless those who create these programmes
- For protection for secret believers, and for wisdom for them to know who to trust.
Open Doors in Action:
Open Doors supports the church in Saudi Arabia by raising prayer and awareness.