Monday, April 21st, 2014

Pray for persecuted Christians in Saudi Arabia

(Prayer information via OpenDoors)

Saudi ArabiaThe open practice of any religion other than Islam is forbidden here, and conversion to another faith is punishable by death. Most Christians are ex-pats from Asia or Africa. During 2013, several Christian migrant fellowships were raided by police, and tens of worshippers detained and deported. Muslim-background believers run the risk of honor killing if their faith is discovered. Yet a small but growing number of Muslims are coming to Christ and sharing their faith on the Internet and satellite TV.

PRAY:

  • Widespread unemployment and increasing discontent amongst young people makes this a breeding ground for extremists. Ask God to halt the spread of extremist views.
  • That more Muslims will meet Jesus through satellite TV or dreams and visions of Jesus .
  • In 2013, two men were convicted of proselytizing, and were sentenced to a few hundred lashes and several years in prison. Pray for their release.

 

Quick Facts About Saudi Arabia:

Leader: King Abdullah
Government: Monarchy
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 29.9 million (1.25 million Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

 

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About the author: Carmen Fowler LaBerge

Carmen Fowler LaBerge heads the ministry of the Presbyterian Lay Committee as its President and Executive Editor of its publications, including The Layman.

1 comment

  1. Stephen Schlarb says:

    Good work including persecuted Christian news items in the Layman. People can take it for use in their church’s weekly Emailing to their members. Also, it will encourage more Presbyterians to get interested in and informed about this subject. Persecution and extremism has been on the rise throughout the Eastern Hemisphere for many years. It is part of the overall increase in violence against minorities and against democracy in many countries from Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia, all the way to Indonesia in the Western Pacific.

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