Will ISIS Infiltrate Kuwait Next?
In Kuwait, former Muslims who have become Christians, like Jamal,* experience a great deal of pressure for their faith in Christ. Jamal receives Islamic instruction at school and is harassed by fellow students, who tell him he is a second-class citizen and an infidel because of his beliefs. During the month of Ramadan, he must be careful not to publicly eat or drink during the day to avoid stirring up conflict with neighbors and local officials. He is even forbidden from practicing his faith in front of his own family, who are becoming increasingly hostile towards him.
Jamal has seen an increasing Islamic fundamentalist influence on his country in the last few years especially, much in part to the rise of the Islamic State group in neighboring Iraq and Syria.
For now, he experiences persecution in the form of societal and family pressure, but Jamal wonders if soon enough violent persecution will come his way as well. He knows that Jesus warned him that he, too, would be persecuted, and places his trust in God knowing that his faith is well worth any price.