Persecution Update, February 2018 - SAUDI ARABIA


Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, is one of several countries most hostile to Christians. The Saudis practice Wahhabism, the strictest form of Islam. Officially, every Saudi citizen is considered a Muslim, and those who become followers of Christ are subject to the death penalty. Approximately 4% of the population is Christian—most of whom are foreign workers who worship in underground churches. The government employs thousands of religious police to enforce strict Islamic laws, including raiding house churches. However, Saudis are turning to Christ at great risk of severe persecution from both family and government authorities. Many learn of Jesus on the Internet, and when they come to saving faith, they know no other Christians. Their only source of fellowship is online. Please pray for grace for believers who follow Christ in this radical Muslim nation.