Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pray for Persecuted Church: Brunei

[The Voice of the Martyrs prayer calendar] Brunei’s economy is based almost entirely on oil and natural gas, and its great national wealth gives it a strong measure of global influence relative to its size. The same family has led the country for more than six centuries. Out of 26 people groups, the eight largest are unreached by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Restricted Nation
Muslim 65.3%, Christian 11.4%
Head of State
Sultan/Prime Minister Sir Hassanal Bolkiah

There are few believers in this small country. Islam is the official religion. While religious freedom is guaranteed under Brunei’s constitution, Christians face a variety of restrictions, including confiscation of religious materials intended for distribution and sale, and prohibitions on religious teaching in private, non-Islamic schools. Evangelism and conversion to Christianity is prohibited, Bible importation is forbidden and the government regularly ignores requests to build or expand churches. Even religious symbols on imported magazines are censored. There are only three registered churches in the country, all built during the colonial era. No new churches have been permitted, so believers must meet secretly. The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) has smuggled Bibles into the country for three years and effectively met the need for Bibles for every Christian in the nation in 2011.

Pray: Pray for wisdom as VOM monitors and provides for the needs of believers.

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