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Brunei

 

36 Brunei

WHO IS THE LEADER OF BRUNEI?

The leader of Brunei is Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. He is an absolute monarch and was crowned in August 1968.

Brunei

HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN BRUNEI?

There are 57,400 Christians in Brunei. They make up 13.2 per cent of the total population of 434,000.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN BRUNEI?

The Sultan of Brunei is seen as the protector and defender of Islam. As a result of his influence, policies that favour Islam over other religions are legally executed and enforced by all government officers.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN BRUNEI?

All churches, including registered ones, are monitored and restricted by the authorities. Non-traditional Christian communities cannot register as churches, but must register as secular organisations. Conversion is considered illegal, and believers from Muslim backgrounds come under intense pressure to return to their original faith.

 
"The law may ban us from sharing the Gospel, but there are other ways to testify of Christ’s love."
- Bruneian believer
 

HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN SOUTH EAST ASIA?

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You can pray

Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.” 

A PRAYER FOR BRUNEI

Father God, thank you for the faith of our persecuted church family in Brunei. Give them wisdom and boldness in sharing the gospel, and open doors for them to do so. Comfort and strengthen secret believers, and give them discernment to know who to trust. May believers experience Your joy and peace, and may they shine as a light in the darkness.

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