Area: 17,818 sq km
An oil-rich wedge of desert between Iraq and Saudi Arabia at the northwest end of the Arabian Gulf.
Population: 3,050,744 Annual Growth: 2.47%
Official language: Arabic Languages: 7 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Expatriate Christians have a good reputation thanks to a hundred years of medical mission history. The churches have been allowed to grow, but evangelism of Muslims is illegal; pray for greater freedom or shrewder boldness in this regard. Pray that the rich diversity of congregations would be united in making the Kingdom of God manifest, rather than merely tending to their own interests. The pastors must lead the way in this regard. Kuwaits Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans and Protestants have formed the Fellowship of Christian Churches in Kuwait, for the purposes of working together to play a larger role in society and having a greater voice and impact therein. Advocacy on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged is a strong point of the Churchs presence in Kuwait. Pray also that indigenous Kuwaiti believers might be given the chance to increasingly take the lead in ministering the gospel to the peoples of Kuwait.
Further growth is hampered by the fact that meetings are permitted only on a handful of compounds; each of these is then used many times by many congregations through the week. The majority of congregations are of South Indian or Filipino composition. The National Evangelical Church compound hosts 60 congregations, representing 25,000 people. The most significant grievance by Kuwaitis regarding churches is that their informal meetings (that is, of those who do have compounds) cause too much traffic and noise. While sharing physical resources and compound space has encouraged greater fellowship and cooperation among churches, pray nevertheless that the government might release more land to the churches so that they might continue to increase. This has occurred already for the Coptic Church.
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