Area: 531,869 sq km
Mountainous south and southwestern portion of the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Ocean island of Socotra.
Population: 24,255,928 Annual Growth: 2.90%
Official language: Arabic Languages: 14 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Openly believing in Jesus is dangerous for Yemenis sharia law, culture and family expectations are all factors in this. Pray for greater freedom for believers to encourage others to follow Christ and to be agents of cultural transformation. Pray for the transformation of their families, for it is from them that the worst persecution comes.
Most Christians are expatriates. Many are Ethiopian refugees, among whom are several thriving evangelical congregations. Others are Westerners, South and East Asians and other Arabs in secular jobs. No church buildings are yet allowed in the north. Pray that expatriate believers may maintain their spiritual growth amid discouragement, sickness, isolation and constant threats to their presence in the land.
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