Arabia has fabulous
wealth from oil but it is spiritually bankrupt.
Islam is the only religion allowed.
Christians meet in secret for fear of execution.
Saudi Arabia is located in
the Middle East occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula. The land is almost entirely desert.
More than 23 million people live in Saudi Arabia. Native Saudis are Arab in origin, but there are a large number
of foreign workers - mostly employed in the oil industry.
Oil was discovered in 1930. Saudi Arabia has the largest known
oil reserves in the
world. Oil exports have brought
tremendous wealth to the government.
This money has funded the building of infrastructure in the country. It has also funded the spread of Islam around
the world by sending missionaries and building mosques.
Arabia is an absolute
monarchy ruled by the Saudi royal family.
The royal family is
faced with a balancing act between the desire to maintain good relations
with Western nations that are the biggest consumers of oil and the
pressure of Islamic extremists. This
balance has become increasingly difficult to maintain since the
September 11th attacks on the United
Arabia is an Islamic
state and home to the most holy Muslim sites.
The government invests a great deal of effort suppressing all religions other than Islam. No other religions are allowed, even among
It is estimated that several thousand
Christians live in Saudi Arabia. They are almost entirely among the expatriate
work force. Christians must meet in secret. Those found out receive punishments ranging
from expulsion to execution.
Any Saudi who renounces Islam receives the death penalty. Expatriates have very limited access to
Saudis so witnessing is very difficult.
The Saudi government sponsors a large
scale Islamic missionary effort. Pray
that their program of exporting the darkness of Islam would be frustrated.
Pray for other means to reach Saudis with
the gospel. Pray for ministries to the many Saudis living abroad. Christian radio and television is also
available. Pray that some would come to
Copyright 2006 by Brad Garrison