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Kuwait

 

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WHO IS THE LEADER OF KUWAIT?

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah is the leader of Kuwait.

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HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN KUWAIT?

436,000 Christians live in Kuwait, making up just over ten per cent of the total population of 4.2 million. Most of them are migrant workers - migrants make up over half of the population of Kuwait.

WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN KUWAIT?

Kuwait’s society is bound by conservative Islamic norms, enforced by ordinary citizens, Islamic extremist groups and a government that will bow to the demands of these groups as long as their power-base is not threatened. Islamic extremist groups who want to rid the country of Christians are a growing influence.

WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN kuwait?

Christian migrant workers are free to worship informally, but their churches face many restrictions. Female workers are vulnerable to sexual harassment and abuse. Evangelism is strictly forbidden, as is Christian education and religious literature that is considered offensive to Islam.

Kuwaiti believers from Muslim backgrounds face pressure from their families to deny their faith. They also risk discrimination, harassment, police monitoring and intimidation by vigilante groups. 

HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA?

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You can give to provide vital support

Open Doors supports the body of Christ on the Arabian Peninsula through organising prayer, distributing Scripture resources and training believers and pastors.

Give to support believers in the region.

 
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You can SPEAK OUT

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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 KUWAIT

Father God, thank You for the witness of our brothers and sisters in Kuwait. Give new boldness and wisdom to all believers – especially those from a Muslim background – to share the light of Christ with those around them. Bring true freedom of religion to the country, and bless the churches, that they would be places of safety and refuge for all.

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