15 Saudi Arabia
WHO IS THE LEADER OF SAUDI ARABIA?
King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is the leader of Saudi Arabia.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN SAUDI ARABIA?
There are 1.4 million Christians in Saudi Arabia, but they are almost all expatriates. Saudi believers must keep their faith completely secret, so it can be hard to know how many there are. Christians make up a very small minority in Saudi Arabia – around four per cent of the total population of 33.6 million.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN SAUDI ARABIA?
Saudi Arabia is a strongly Islamic nation. Saudi Arabia controls the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina, which are the birth and resting places of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, and hosts millions of Hajj visitors every year. The legal system is based on Sharia (Islamic law), and it is forbidden to openly practise a faith other than Islam. Leaving Islam is punishable by death.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN SAUDI ARABIA?
Christian expatriates risk arrest or being deported if they share their faith with Muslims.
Saudi believers must keep their faith completely secret. Some have had dreams and visions of Jesus. Many others have responded to Christian content on TV or the internet - Nawal* is one of them. She first heard about the Christian faith online, and got in touch with other Christians through an online follow-up network supported by Open Doors. They sent her discipleship materials and guided her towards an online Bible. Gradually, she felt the Lord speaking to her, and one day she gave her life to Christ.
But Nawal keeps her faith completely secret. Believers like her risk being beaten or even killed by family members because of their faith. And yet, Saudi believers are becoming bolder in sharing the gospel with others.
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN the arabian peninsula?
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.
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 SAUDI ARABIA
Heavenly Father, strengthen and care for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia. Embolden them in their faith to reach out to others with the gospel, and protect them from those who issue threats. Thank You that You are bringing more believers into Your kingdom.