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Saudi Arabia

Ranked as the #12 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud 
Government: Monarchy

Population: 29.8 million (1.2 million Christians)
Main Religion: Islam

Persecution Level: Severe
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

OVERVIEW OF SAUDI ARABIA

Saudi ArabiaThe desert kingdom is defined by Wahhabism, a purist and strict interpretation of Islam. It is forbidden to openly practice other religions. Apostasy – conversion to another religion – is punishable by death. Radical Islamic breeding ground is widely present in the kingdom and Saudi funding of terrorism abroad is the main source of Sunni terrorism in the world. Most Christians are expats from Asia or Africa. Converts to Christianity from Islam face the risk of being killed or abused by their own families. House churches are often raided by the religious police.

PRAYER POINTS

  • That more Muslims will meet Jesus through satellite television or dreams and visions of Jesus
  • Being a woman and a Christian increases the severity of persecution; pray for the government to respect women and grant more freedom to worship for women and men
  • That the house churches will continue to worship in secret and not be discovered by the secret police

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