• Pray for the Lord Jesus to miraculously demolish the stronghold of Islam in this nation.
• Pray for massive Islamic missionary efforts to be thwarted.
• Pray for true religious freedom and the curbing of heinous human rights abuses.
Beautiful. Rugged. Dangerous. The parched and arid desert nation of Saudi Arabia thrives on man-made water supplies and a man-made faith. This Middle Eastern nation boasts to being the birthplace of the one of the fastest growing religions in the world, Islam. It permeates through every corner of society, the government not excluded, for in place of a constitution, the nation abides by the laws of their holy book, the Koran. The culture of Saudi Arabia is bound by the rules, stipulations, and conditions of their religion, a belief that confines its followers in stationary worship and encourages the development of discrimination.
The value of life is depreciated through the Islamic faith, and human trafficking continues to grow and spread throughout the country. Domestic workers and sexually exploited women and children are bought and sold with no reported prosecutions. As of yet, the Saudi government is either unable or unwilling to meet the standards required by the United Nations to end this trade. The freedoms of speech, press, or worship do not exist, and all other faiths outside of Islam are forbidden from public or even private practice. As the country's economy becomes more dependent on the exportation of oil, the gap between rich and poor grows, and discontentment continues to develop, pushing the next generation towards rebellion and religious extremism.
Saudis who accept Christ as their Savior are choosing to pick up a cross of ostracism, discrimination, harassment, and even death. They risk losing their jobs, access to education for their children, or even the right to basic utilities like water and electricity. Yet the Church flourishes under persecution, and the body of underground believers in Saudi Arabia is no exception. No one is beyond the reach of God's hand; pray for the Saudis to have the courage to take hold of it.
If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. - John 14:14
Source: Arabic Christian song - zeyad shehata خذني بقرب قلبك
Capital City: Riyadh
Major People Groups: 83% Arab, 14% Asian, 1% African
Religion: 92% Muslim, 5% Christian, 1% Non
GDP Per Capita: $13,400
Literacy Rate: 78.8%