Brunei

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PRAYER POINTS

• Pray for salvation of the royal family, that they would lead their nation to righteousness.

 

• Pray for creative and bold witness to the Muslim majority.

 

• Pray for spiritual maturity and Biblical training for lay persons leading the underground Church.

 

 

SUMMARY

For the nation of Brunei, located on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia, government and religion are intermingled. A constitutional sultanate, locally known as the Malay Islamic Monarchy, rules the nation in an Islamic tradition dating back to the 15th century.  Even Brunei’s national flag displays the crescent moon, a common Islamic emblem that illustrates the nation’s religious affiliations.

 

Brunei exercised power over neighboring coastal regions and nearby Philippine islands during the 15th and 17th centuries. Political succession, European colonization, and piracy disrupted domestic stability for many years. Brunei became an English colony in 1888, and nearly one hundred years later, in 1984, the nation gained independence. The monarchy of Brunei, which has been run by members of the same family for six generations, provides free healthcare for its citizens as well as education, including university studies. Rich in natural gas and petroleum, Brunei has one of Asia’s highest per capita incomes. With the natural depletion of resources, Brunei is focusing on other industries for economical stability such as finance and eco-tourism.

 

Though only 65% of Bruneians are Muslim, it is illegal to proselytize, and Muslims are forbidden to convert from Islam. These restrictions greatly hinder missionary attempts to establish new Christian communities. Though Christianity is second to Islam, representing 11% of the population, it is not recognized or affirmed in a nation where constitutional mandates supposedly allow practice of other religions. The Church in Brunei is in dire need of bold Spirit-filled leaders who can rightly teach the Word of Truth and lead Christian communities in sound doctrine.  Pray that the Lord would strengthen and unite Bruneian Christians as they live in a nation that strongly opposes them, being continually shod with the armor of God.

QUICK FACTS

Continent: Asia

Capital City: Bandar Seri Begawan

Government: Absolute monarchy or sultanate

Population: 471,103

Major People Groups: 43% Orang Bukit (Kedayan); 7% Dusun (Kadazan); 6% Filipino; 5% Bisayan Tutong; 5% Sea Dayak (Iban, Birawut)

Religion: Muslim 59%, Christian 12%, Ethnic religions 10%, Buddhist 9%, Chinese folk-religions 6%, Confucianist 2%, Agnostic 1%, Hindu 1%

Language: Brunei, Chinese, Tagalog, Brunei Bisaya, Iban

GDP Per Capita: $62,200

Literacy Rate: 97.2%

POPULATION IN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS: 57.4%

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