Area: 2,240,000 sq km
The main portion of the Arabian Peninsula; almost entirely desert, but contains 25% of the world’s known oil reserves.
Population: 26,245,969 Annual Growth: 2.14%
Official language: Arabic Languages: 20 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Massive Islamic missionary efforts are coordinated by the Muslim World League in Mecca. Every year, billions of oil dollars are spent around the world to propagate Islam especially the virulent Wahhabist brand native to Saudi Arabia. Investments to expand Islam include giving aid to sympathetic countries, building mosques, sending missionaries, distributing literature and, more recently, funding Western academic institutions with the condition that a centre for Islamic studies must be built. Islamic materials promoting hatred of non-Muslims are shipped to the West. The Saudi government, while denying to Christians the liberty to share their faith, demands this liberty for Muslims living elsewhere. Some of the worlds largest printing presses are in Saudi, churning out 30 million Qurans annually for worldwide distribution.
Saudis who come to faith in Christ face the death penalty if discovered; executions are definitely known to occur. Despite this, increasing numbers are secretly seeking and finding Jesus, and there are believers in every Saudi city. Pray for believers to persevere and even to multiply. Pray for a miracle the legalization of Christianity for Saudis; pray that Saudi believers may be able to meet together in safety and have access to Gods Word. Also pray that believers might find believing spouses.
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