Saudi Arabia is known for its oil, mosques, head-scarves, and strict Islamic Laws and practices. However, despite the veneer of conservative traditions, a vibrant modern culture is emerging in Saudi Arabia’s top cities, with Riyadh, Mecca, Medina and Jeddah being the country’s largest, most developed and religiously important cities.
To add to these, the Saudi family now has plans to build four new economic cities, the development and building of which will require many new workers to be brought in from overseas. Amongst these migrant workers and their families, there will no doubt be a significant number from a Christian background, and possessing a strong faith in Christ.
Most of them, however, will also live in fear of speaking about their faith in Saudi, sadly with just cause. In Saudi Arabia, it is forbidden to openly practice other religions and apostasy – conversion to another religion – is punishable by death. Most Christians are expats from Asia or Africa, and converts to Christianity from Islam face being killed or abused by their own families.
Let us pray that these new Christian workers and their families will have the courage and opportunities to share the Good News to the people of this great, but Spiritually needy land.
- Pray that Saudi people will encounter Christian believers through new technologies and new jobs, and have open hearts to respond to the Gospel.
- Pray for Saudi Believers for protection and courage in the face of extreme opposition.
- Pray that,with the increased numbers of migrant workers, will come an increase in opportunity for the spread of the Gospel in Saudi Arabia.
- Pray for a move of the Saudi people, away from the acceptance of Islamic fundamentalism, and a towards a recognition and acceptance of the truth of Christ.
Isaiah 43 vs 19: “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Source: http://reporter.win1040.com/; https://www.opendoorsusa.org