Area: 309,500 sq km
A mountainous land on the southeast coast of Arabia and the strategic tip of the Musandam Peninsula that dominates the entrance to the Arabian/Persian Gulf.
Population: 2,905,114 Annual Growth: 2.10%
Official language: Arabic Languages: 21 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Christian professionals and workers. The door remains open for Kingdom workers to share the gospel effectively through words, actions and lifestyles that honour Jesus. The Reformed Church in America has had a good witness here since 1890, when Samuel Zwemer, the famous missionary to Muslims, began his work in Oman. Its hospital, clinics and missionary workers have been incorporated into the government health service. Christians also have a strong presence in the education and business sectors. Pray that more workers would be willing to serve here. Pray also that, despite obvious limitations, mission-minded Christians might be fruitful and effective in planting, watering and reaping a spiritual harvest.
Other means of witness.
a) The Bible Society has a good ministry in distributing the Scriptures in many languages to the expatriate communities. There are four Bible Resource Centres, one in each Christian Resource Centre of Oman. The Bible Society also partners with CEF and other Middle Eastern-based ministries to reach children with the good news contained in Scripture.
b) Christian radio broadcasts in Arabic are clearly heard from FEBA, TWR, IBRA and Adventist World Radio. They broadcast 108 hours/week, in Arabic (57 hours/week) as well as English and several Asian languages. There is a sizeable audience, and some have come to the Lord as a result. SAT-7 makes a significant impact through satellite television broadcasts.
c) More than 2,000 Omanis study abroad. Pray for effective witness to them.
d) The Internet is used widely and is an evangelistic medium of great potential. Pray that this may prove a good way to reach and disciple a new generation of Omanis.
e) The mobile phone is everywhere and has great potential for rapidly and discreetly spreading the gospel in video, audio and text formats.
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The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Oman.