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Brunei

State of Brunei Darussalam

Asia

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Geography

Area: 5,765 sq km

Two small enclaves on the island of Borneo, separated by the East Malaysian state of Sarawak. Tropical, 70% forest, with heavy rainfall.

Population: 407,045    Annual Growth: 1.92%

Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan

Urbanites: 75.7%

HDI Rank: 30 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 26 (31% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Malay, English    Languages: 17 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians46,36211.391.4
Evangelicals24,6776.12.4
Muslim265,84165.31 

Challenges for Prayer

The Christian Church exists under very difficult conditions. Evangelism is illegal, and although the number of Christians grows, no new registrations for churches are forthcoming. No foreign Christian workers are permitted – visiting ministers must arrive unannounced and in secret. Importing Bibles and Christian literature is illegal for ministry purposes, but not for personal purposes. Religious instruction in all schools, including the six Christian schools, is on Islam alone. Pray for:

a) Perseverance, boldness and unity. Their harsh treatment has drawn together most of the churches and birthed a holy determination among many. Pray for Christians to stand strong in the face of persecution.

b) Christian leadership that is schooled in the Word, anointed by the Spirit and able to build up all believers. Almost every Bible study and underground church is run by an untrained layperson.

c) Numerical growth despite restrictions. Most of those converted are local tribal peoples and Chinese; pray for new believers from among all ethnic groups and segments of society.

     For an additional 3 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Brunei.