Oct 9th 2008, 03:09 AM
Maldives-With its leaders committed to strengthening Islam to preserve national unity, this 500-mile-long string of 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean is one of the least evangelized nations on earth. The president must be a male Sunni Muslim appointed by the Parliament. Free speech is not respected for the press or for non-Muslim religions. In 1998, the country expelled all known Christian foreigners and arrested all known Maldivian Christians. Christians compose 0.1 percent of the nation.
Oct 10th 2008, 01:28 AM
Comoro Islands-The Comoro Islands gained their independence from France in 1975. Since then they have been plagued with 17 attempted coups, including invasions from France. In October 1997, a new constitution, approved by 85 percent of the voters, greatly increased the influence of Islam. Christians, who make up 0.6 percent of the population, are now forbidden to witness publicly or meet openly. Last October two Christians were sent to prison merely for possessing copies of the Jesus film in a local language.
Oct 10th 2008, 07:43 AM
Dear Father, I ask that You open up the way for evangelizing to go forth into these countries mentioned, and You say that You will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. Please make that possible to Your glory in the precious name of Jesus. AMEN.
Oct 10th 2008, 08:06 PM
Qatar-Almost all of Qatar is covered by desert, but there are huge oil reserves beneath the ground. The desolation of the countryside is mirrored in the hearts of Qatar's citizens. Before 1980, there were no known believers in Qatar. The emir and his family have declared the strict Wahabbi branch of Sunni Islam to be the state religion. Criticism of the Muslim faith or the ruling family is a crime. Women live under even harsher rules-they are not allowed to drive or travel abroad without permission from male relatives. Foreign believers may not worship publicly or even celebrate Christ's birth. Despite these strict rules, 6 percent of Qatar's people claim to be Christians.
Oct 11th 2008, 08:32 AM
Brunei-Brunei's 1959 constitution called for a monarchy with five advisory councils, but in 1962 the Sultan assumed emergency powers during a rebellion, and hasn't relinquished them since. He installed relatives as advisors and declared Beunei an Islamic state. Constitutional guarantees of the free practice of religion are steadily eroding. The Brueni government expelled Christian leaders in 1991, banned Christian literature the following year, and outlawed the celebration of Christmas even though 8 percent of the nation is Christian. Muslims are increasing due to the growth of local tribes and immigrants, and they control the nation's education system. Conversion to Christianity is restricted since it is illegal to evangelize Muslims.
Oct 11th 2008, 08:00 PM
Libya-Since 1969, Muammar al-Qadhafi has single handedly ruled Libya. This dictator is perhaps best known for his associations with other radical regimes and terrorist groups. But even Qadhafi is legitimately concerned about the growing threat of Islamists in his country. For this reason, he has attempted to appease Muslims by broadening Islamic law. Qadhafi shields his countrymen from all outside influence, which makes evangelism difficult. Christian literature may enter only through secretive means. There are very few Libyan believers. Almost all Christians(3 percent of the population) are foreign workers, and their meetings are strcitly monitored by the government.
Oct 12th 2008, 04:29 AM
Turkey-For centuries Turkey's Ottoman Empire was the guardian of the holy places of Islam. In the 20th century, the number of Christians in Turkey dropped significantly and the influence of the Muslim faith rose. According to Operation World, Turkey is one of the most unreached nations in the world, and only 0.2 percent of the people claim to be Christians. Of its 55 million people, only a small percent have ever heard the gospel. For the few in Turkey who dare profess Christ, life can be dangerous. Believers have been harrassed, threatened, and imprisoned for their faith in Christ. Evangelising is difficult because Turks tend to think of Christians in the same category as Armenian terrorists and Jehovah's Witnesses.
Oct 13th 2008, 12:41 AM
Cuba-Only ninety miles off the Florida Straits lies and island that stands as one of the last champions of communism. In 1959, Fidel Castro came to power threatening Cubans with socialism or death. In the 1960s, Castro labeled Protestants "social scum" and forced both laypeople and clergy into labor camps under inhumane conditions. Many changes occured in 1999. Open, evangelical crusaded were held for the first time since Castro came to power. There seems to be a growing openness for the Gospel, and 44.1 percent of the people claim to be Christians. However, some 1999 reports also state that Cuban authorities had burned thousands of Bibles near Arroyo Naranjo.
Oct 13th 2008, 06:32 AM
Sri Lanka-This fertile island with its palm-lined beaches and exotic tropical fruits is a potential paradise, but since the early 1980s violence has reigned in Sri Lanka. Civil war broke out in 1983 between the two powerful political factions, and since then Sri Lanka has been in a near-continous state of emergency. Two centuries ago, Christianity had much influence in the country, but today Christians, who make up 7.6 of the population, find themselves persecuted by the Buddhist majority. Many Sri Lankans have negative attitudes toward believers, perceiving Christianity as a foreign religion and a colonial imposition. Free choice of one's profession and access to education are restricted for followers of Jesus.
Oct 14th 2008, 04:06 AM
Yemen-The great cities of the Queen of Sheba, who traded gifts with King Solomon, are buried beneath Yemen's desert sands. Yemen has many Christians until the 7th century, when Muslims overran the country and cut off nearly all outside influences. Yemen was two states until 1990, and today tensions between the North and South threaten this country's very existence. Yemen is one of the world's least evangelized countries, and the government will not allow the few resident Christians(0.06 percent) to witness. Their walk is difficult due to discouragement and isolation from the Body, yet some Christian expatriates are working and quietly witnessing for Christ in Yemen.
Oct 14th 2008, 05:13 AM
Myanmar(Burma)-Since Japan invaded in 1942, Burma has been well acquainted with struggle. Renamed Myanmar by the currect regime, this union of seven districts and seven ethnic minority states has been the site of many ethnic wars. A military dictator rules the nation and refuses citizens' attempts to democratize the country. This military regime attempts to control every religious activity. Almost all Christian missions were expelled in 1966, but thankfully the seeds of evangelism had already taken root and Christians, who make up 6.5% of the nation, have held fast through adversity.
Oct 14th 2008, 05:25 AM
Cyprus-A British-controlled state until 1960, the country has now been split into Greek and Turkish communities. This long-standing political situation is in dire need of resolution. According to Operation World, more Mormans and Jehovah's Witnesses live on the island than evangelicals, although 78 percent of the people classify themselves as Christians. Cyprus has only a handful of missionaries, and they face opposition. In the Turkish North where almost everyone is Muslim, no active witness is tolerated and the Church is limited to a few small groups of believers.
Oct 14th 2008, 06:23 PM
Syria-The president of Syria gained power in a 1970 coup. In 1973, the government declared Syria a secular state, but Muslims are still given preferertial treatment in many areas of society. The Syrian government rules with an iron fist-the Emergency Law of 1963 allows authorities to conduct "preventative" arrests and hold detainees without legal safeguards. Christians(8 percent of the population) find it difficult to spread the gospel freely under such conditions. Missionaries are not given visas to enter the country, so Christians are able to exhibit their faith only in professional and informal friendship settings.
Oct 14th 2008, 09:00 PM
Egypt-During the early centuries after Christ, Egypt was predominantly Christian. In a.d. 969, the country was conquered by Jawhar al-Siqilli and Cairo founded as the new capital, but thankfully Egypt's Coptic Christian church never disappeared. Today, Egypt has the Middle East's largest Christian community, making up 14.2 percent of its people. However, the country's constitution gives preference to Muslims; and Christians are treated as second-class citizens, denied political representation, and discrimanated against in employment. The government uses an 1856 Ottoman Empire law to keep any church from being built, repaired, or even repainted without the permission of Egypt's president. Christians are also susceptile to attacks by Muslim extremists, which often go unpunished by Muslim extremists, which often go unpunished by Egyptian authorities. Christian girls are sometimes raped and then forced to marry Muslim men. Others have been abducted and forced to convert to Islam.
Oct 15th 2008, 04:58 AM
Algeria-For more than 30 years a one-party socialist regime backed by a strong army has ruled Algeria. "Free" elections in 1999 didn't change the country's leadership, but may have opened the door for peace between Islamic rebels and the government. In recent years, Algerian Christians have suffered a reign of violence from the Islamic Salvation Front. Members of this Muslim rebel group have been known to march through towns and slit the throats of anyone who has not lived up to their call to Islamic fundamentalism. Two-thirds of Algerians are so young that they have known nothing but the confusion offered by the socialist system. Algeria now has very few Christians(o.4 percent) and the church is suffering discouragement. Social pressures have often led Christian girls to marry Muslims, and some believers are withdrawing from fellowship due to intimidation from family, friends, and Muslim extremists.
Oct 15th 2008, 05:04 PM
Thank you for all the information.
Oct 15th 2008, 08:03 PM
Father we ask for prayer for these restricted Nations. We ask for Prayer that things may change for your Glory. We ask for Christian Missionaries. We ask for Christians to commit to spreading the Good News to all Nations.
Lord raise up some missionaries so we may better serve your kingdom.
Make us all missionaries.Make us all want to preach to all Nations on the Earth.
Bless us father.
Oct 15th 2008, 10:34 PM
Somalia-In 1969, dictator Siad Barre took control of Somalia, relying on Cold War politics to gain foreign aid and weapons. Barre also exploited clan warfare within Somalia to retain power. When Barre's government was toppled in 1991, Somalia became nothing more than a collection of fighting ethnic groups and clans. With no central government, the enforcement of strict Muslim law varies from area to area. For Christians, who compose 0.04 percent of the population, fellowship with other believers is dangerous, since Muslim persecution is strong in numerous parts of the country. Many Christians have fled to neighboring countries, but believers press on knowing that Christ will provide the comfort and fellowship they need.
Oct 15th 2008, 11:36 PM
Nepal-Nepal is the world's only Hindu nation:89 percent of the people are Hindu, and Hinduism is the state religion. Christians form only 0.58 percent of the population. Civil unrest in 1990 led to extensive liberalization of government controls, including freedom to profess and practice any religion, but not to proselytize. In practice, local persecution of Christians is common, especially those who witness to Hindus. In March of 1999, police attacked a crowd of Christians preparing for an Easter service, beating Christians and injuring more than 200. In 1998, Rev. Gopal Kham Magar and Rev. Sukha Kham Magar were killed by policemen. The government claimed the two had been mistaken for Communist activists, but other Christian pastors have also been killed in similar "mistakes."
Oct 16th 2008, 03:31 AM
Chechnya(Russia)- As Chechen rebels fight for independence from Russia, they have increasingly targeted Christians in the past year. 65 year old Aleksandr Kulakov, leader of the Grozny Bbaptist Church. is reported to have been beheaded last year and his severed head displayed at a local market. The accelerated targeting of Christians in Chechnya's ongoing rash of kidnappings and brutal murders prompted almost all of the evangelical Christians in Grozny to flee into southern Russia for resettlement. The isolated Grozny congregation now consists of less than 100 elderly women and orphans.
Oct 16th 2008, 04:48 AM
Tajikistan-Seventy years of Communist rule left this country in economic shambles. Since it gained independence from the Soviet Empire in 1992, Tajikstan has suffered from corruption, civil war, and poverty. Many people struggle to find enough food each day. Life in this Muslim country is very harsh and the influence of Islam is increasing greatly. Christians(4.2 percent of the population) must carefully guard any evidence of their faith. Those who have any gospel materials consider themselves fortunate. Some literature has recently been printed, including a children's Bible and correspondence courses, but there are still fewer than 10 items of Christian literature available in the Tajik language.
Oct 16th 2008, 11:01 PM
Tunisia-Tunisia's government has declared Islam to be the state religion, but fundamentalist Muslims are pressuring the government to make even more concessions to their intolerant beliefs. The church in Tunisia is struggling at best, and only 0.25 percent of the people are Christians. A century of missionary activity has produced little result in a land besieged by spirtual warfare. By one account there are less than 50 believers, and historically, most do not keep their faith for long in this oppressive environment. Christian literature is not openly distributed, and with so few believers dissemination would be difficult.
Oct 17th 2008, 12:53 AM
Vietnam-Vietnam, ruled by France until 1954, has historically been a hotbed of struggle. The Communists had a foothold in North Vietnam and took over all of Vietnam in 1975. At this point, many Christians fled, but those who remained have not allowed persecution to stop them from following Christ. Believers are harrassed, beaten, and imprisoned for illegaly preaching or organizing evangelistic activites. Instead of being weakened by persecution, the faith of Vietnamese Christians is growing and the Body of Christ is becoming stronger. It now makes up 9.8 percent of the population of Vietnam.
Oct 17th 2008, 02:54 AM
United Arab Emirates-In 1971, the Trucial states in the lower Persian Gulf, until that time a British protectorate, became a loose confederation of sheikdoms called the United Arab Emirates. Today, this oil-rich nation declares Sunni Islam as the official religion, and only 8.7 percent of the people claim to be Christians. Only foreign Christians have freedom to worship and witness. Christian education and witnessing to nationals are severly restricted. However, the government allows several Christian medical agencies to operate, who show the love of Christ to the people of the UAE through theor selfless service.
Oct 17th 2008, 05:25 AM
Uzbekistan-During the Cold War, Christians in Uzbekistan suffered under the totalitarian regime of communism. A period of relative freedom followed the fall of the Soviet Empire. Today Christians in Uzbekistan(4.7 percent of the nation's people) are again experiencing difficulties. Each church must have an official government registration in order to hold services. Police have made unannounced visits to churches to inspect their registration papers. Churches that cannot immediately produce their registration are closed and their doors sealed by the police. Pastors have been arrested and detained, and members threatened. Many Christians in Uzbekistan continue to worship and reach out to others, despite government threats.
Oct 17th 2008, 07:24 PM
Nigeria-Since it left the British Empire in 1960, Nigeria has known only one decade of an elected government until President Olusegun Obasanjo was elected to office in 1999. Obasanjo says he found God while he was in prison under the previous military dictator. In the past, Islam has been given preferential treatment over Christianity. Northern Nigeria's predominately Muslim population at times terrorizes Christians, destroying churches and killing believers, but the governm,ent previously has turned a blind eye to this injustice. Last year Zamfara, in the north, became the first Nigerian state to adopt Muslim Sharia law. Christian leaders are hopeful that Obasanjo's government will crack down on Muslim fanaticism. The church in Nigeria is strong, and 50 percent of the people are Christians, but there is concern over the rise of foreign cults and the mixing of Christianity with the country's traditional fetish beliefs.
Oct 17th 2008, 09:11 PM
Oman-Oman has been an absolute monarchy since 1970 when Sultan Qaboos took control. While Qaboos was able to increase the country's wealth, another poverty exists-the poverty in the hearts of Oman's people who are caught in the clutches of Islam. The Christian population(2.5 percent)consists almost entirely of foreign workers, with perhaps no more than twenty indigenous believers.
Oct 18th 2008, 03:50 AM
North Korea- After World War II, Korea was partitioned and a Communist regime installed in the North. Today, it is one of the most repressive and isolated Communist regimes in the world under its state religion called Juche, meaning "self-reliance." The government requires that citizens worship their dead leader, Kim II Sung, and his son, the current dictator, Kim Jong II. North Kora denies its citizens every kind of human rights. Thankfully, because of the flooding and famine that have swept this nation, North Korea's isolationalist government has been forced to open its borders to humanitarian aid from foreign countries. Christians compose less than 2 percent of the population, but, although they must practice their faith in deep secrecy and constant danger, God is adding to their numbers daily.
Oct 18th 2008, 05:59 PM
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Oct 19th 2008, 02:42 AM
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Equatorial Guinea-After 190 years under Spanish rule, Equatorial Guinea emerged in 1969 as a dictatorship under Marcias Nguema. The following decade brought incredible oppression upon the people. With help from the Soviets, Nguema murdered tenns of thousands of citizens. A military coup in 1979 created a one-party presidential government. Before independence from Spain, Equatorial Guinea was one of the most prosperous countries of West Africa, but it has become one of the poorest. Church leaders were forced to join the unjust system or suffer. Sadly, many succumbed to this pressure. Today, open witness is banned and no new demoninations are approved. There are few missionaries, and Operation World reports only 25 trained pastors in the whole nation, despite a population where 93 percent identify themselves as Christians.
Oct 19th 2008, 03:33 AM
Bhutan-This underdeveloped country is moving out of feudalism toward a constitutional monarchy. Bhutan was isolated from the outside world until the 1949 Communist takeover of China forced Bhutan to stop doing business exclusively with Tibet. Christian witness was tightly restricted until 1965. The country stayed open for over two decades until it became obvious that Christianity was making headway. Since a new restrictive atmosphere has taken hold, missions have been allowed to operate only in humanitarian projects, on the condition that they not evangelize. With Bhutan's greatest problem-leprosy-nearly eradicted, missions are scrambling for other reasons to stay. Today Christians compose only 0.33 percent of the population. Some Bhutanese are coming to Christ due to the witness of Indian believers visiting Bhutan. All public worship and evangelism by non-Buddhists is illegal. One of Bhutan's greatest needs is a Bible in the Dzongkha language.
Oct 20th 2008, 08:37 PM
Afghanistan-Afghanistan is no stranger to struggle. The Soviet invasion in 1978 brought disaster, but their pull-out a decade later did not bring peace. When the Communists lost power, Muslims took their place and engaged in a civil war-an Islamic jihad, or holy war-which degenerated into a cruel contest for religious and political supremecy between Islamic factions. The Afghani people are now left to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives. The current Taliban leadership set up stringent rules-women are no longer allowed to attend school or hold jobs, and men must adhere to a strict Islamic code in which they all have beards. Non-Muslims are denied freedom of assembly, and open profession of faith in Christ among refugees has often led to death. Christians make up only 1/100 of 1 percent of the population. There are still 88 unreached people groups in this nation.
Oct 21st 2008, 02:47 AM
Pakistan-Pakistan gained independence from Britain in 1947, but has been unstable ever since. Its people have suffered through three wars and endured military regimes and corrupt governments. Today, militant Islamic forces in Pakistan have initiated much violence against Christians, who make up 1.7 percent of the country's people. Many Pakistani Christians have been falsely accused of breaking Law 295c(blaspheming Mohammed), a crime punishable by death. Some have even been killed by mobs after being acquitted of such charges. In 1998 a proposal was made to officially adopt Muslim Sharia law as the law of the land, which would bring about even more persecution. A bloodless coup in October of 1999 ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and left the Army in control and the situation unstable. Despite hardships, Christians persevere in love, boldly sharing Jesus.
Oct 21st 2008, 06:17 PM
Laos-In 1975 the Communist Pathet Lao took over this land and established a one-party state under the Lao People's Revolutionary Party. Christians are forced at gunpoint to sign a statement that they will not form a church. Eighty-five percent of the people are subsistence farmers, and only 1.53 percent are Christians. Today, the three or four Christian churches in the capital city of Vientiane are considered potentionally subversive and are closely monitored by the government. The government has raided house church meetings and arrested Lao Christians, while it has expelled foreign Christians. Communist leaders in some districts have recently implemented a program called "New Mechanism," in which anyone who does not convert to Buddhism or animism is forcibly removed from their district.
Oct 21st 2008, 07:21 PM
Azerbaijan-Azerbaijan has been dominated by its neighbors for centuries. Subject to the USSR during most of the 20th century, Azerbaijan broke away from the Soviet bloc in 1991. The Christian population is almost entirely Armenian and Russian, and many fled the country following a massacre of their people in 1989. While Azerbaijan officially guarantees religious freedom, the nationalists are becoming more Islamic and anti-Christian. Christians make up 2.67 percent of Azerbaijan's people. Armenian churches have been closed and few of the Christians left in Azerbaijan would feel secure enough to attend if they reopened. Police raided one of the nation's largest churches in September 1999, and interrogated church leaders and foreigners in attendance. Christian literature can be printed only with government permission, which is never granted. There are currently only about 10 items of Christian literature availabe in the Azeri language.
Oct 22nd 2008, 02:36 AM
China and Tibet-Chairman Mao Zedong declared the People's Republic of China in 1949 and quickly sought to purge society of anything that would point to religion, causing China's people to endure great hardships ever since. Mao's Great Leap Forward in the late 1950's and The Cultural Revolution in the 1960's and 1970's left millions of his countrymen dead or victimized. In 1950, Chinese Communists invaded Tibet, forcing its political and religious leader, the Dalai Lama, to flee to India. The Communists soon stripped Tibet of its cultural and religious heritage. Today China's human rights record is one of the worst in the world. Its system of "re-education through labor" detains hundreds of thousands each year in work camps without even a court hearing. China's "strike-hard" policy is presented by the government as a crackdown on criminals, but it has been hardest on Christians. More Christians are in prison or under detention here than in any other country in the world. The confiscation of church property and Bibles continues-even Bibles officially printed by the government. Yet the Church grows-an estimated 3,000 Chinese come to Christ each day. China's house church movement, which comprises approximately 80 percent of China's Christians, endures great persecution, yet remains committed to the Gospel. By one estimate, there may be as few as 300 believers in Tibetm while in China 6 percent of the population is Christian.
Oct 22nd 2008, 06:17 AM
Colombia-Christians in Colombia have been targeted by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia(FARC)-Marxist-Leninist peasant insurgents founded by legendary guerrilla leader Tiro Fijo in 1964. The army of 15,000 operates nationally and controls thousands of acres of drug fields. President Andres Pastrana effectively ceded to FARC control over a 16,000-square-mile area of south central Colombia. Missionaries express concern for the safety of pastors and believers in this zone. In October 1999, the guerrillas issued a cease and desist order for all evangelical pastors and churches, which could mean their lives are in danger if they continue to meet. They have closed some churches in this area, with a 6 p.m. curfew imposed on services for churches that they allow to meet. Guerrillas have also banned public religious activity.
Oct 22nd 2008, 07:05 PM
Bangladesh-Bangladesh is consistently plagued by disaster. Almost half of this country consists of low-lying islands, most of them less than nine feet above sea level. This geography causes a huge loss of life during the country's frequent floods and cyclones, such as occured in the summer of 1998. Although Bangladesh is a democracy, corruption and 18 coup attempts during the last quarter century have left their scars. An Islamic state since 1988, Bangladesh is currently experiencing the rise of a more radical interpretation of Islam which threatens Christian work and witness. Believers, who compose 0.44 percent of the nation, are often denied access to public water wells by Muslim extremists, and many have been forced from their homes and beaten by Muslim mobs. Extremists have also destroyed rickshaws owned by Christans, thereby eliminating their only source of income.
Oct 22nd 2008, 10:06 PM
India-Orissa and Gujarat srtare areas only-India's racial, ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity is staggering. In recent years several of India's states have been racked by religious violence as radical Hindus have become increasingly open in their conflict with Christians. Last January, Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons were burned to death by Hindu radicals in the northeastern state of Orissa. Hindus who convert to Christianity are often cast out of their families and face poverty and ostracism. In the last year there have been reports of pastors beaten and other violence directed at Christians in Orissa and Gujarat.
Oct 23rd 2008, 11:49 PM
Indonesia-On this collection of 13,500 islands lives the largest Muslim population in the world(about 185 million). On many islands, including the mai island of Java, churches are smashed or burned. In the last ten year, Muslim mobs have attacked over 500 churches, killing numerous Christians. In October 1999, Parliament elected Abduraham Wahid, a Muslim, as the new president. The government forces people to carry an identification card that includes their religious status. Muslims receive preferiential treatment. The political strength of Islam has been used to limit evangelism and reduce Christian influence on public life, since Christians compose only 12.5 percent of the population.
Oct 24th 2008, 09:07 PM
Malaysia-This federation of 13 states was formed in 1963 as a monarchy. Malaysia's constitution guarantess religious freedom, but fundamentalist Muslims do everything in their political power to inhibit Christian evangelism. All Christian literature printed must be for non-Malays only. Ethnic Malays are not allowed to have a Christian place of worship. To prevent the unauthorized use of religious terms, the government has banned the Indonesian Bible(a similar langauge_ and several other Christian books containing certain phrases common to Islam. Permits for building churches are rarely granted and house churches are strongly discouraged. The government also restricts freedom of speech and public assembly. Christians form 8.6 percent of the country's people.
Oct 25th 2008, 05:25 AM
Sudan-The Muslim government of Khartoum in the North has declared a jihad, or holy war, against the mostly Christian South. One of the Islamic leaders, Omar Hassan al-Turabi, has stated that anyone who opposes Islam "has no future." Muslim students are recruited out of universities and told that they can keep whatever they can pillage if they will join the war against the non-Muslims. Christians from the North who refuse to fight their southern brothers and sisters are forced to serve as mine sweepers. In total, Christians compose 19 percent of the population. Since 1985, approxiamately two million have perished due to war and genocide. Because of the war, famine has plaqued the country as people are unable to plant and harvest. Families in the South are terrorized-fathers killed, mothers raped, and children sold into slavery. Yet in the midst of these atrocities, the Body of Christ in Sudan remains strong, worshipping their Savior and leading others to Him.
Oct 25th 2008, 06:16 AM
Saudi Arabia-When Islam gained control of Saudi Arabia 1,300 years ago, all Christians were expelled. Christians are treated no better today, and form only 4 percent of the population. Any person who does mission work or converts a Muslim faces jail, expulsion, or execution. Even foreign Christians visiting Saudi Arabia are not allowed to gather and worship. Since 1992, more than 360 cases have been documented in which the government arrested Christian expariates for taking part in private worship. It has been reported that they have arrested Christians on false charges, imprisoned, and even beheaded them because of their faith. Saudi Arabia has signed many agreements over the years regarding religious freedom, but these words have not been backed by actions. U.S. officials have approached the Saudi government about their pledges to practice religious tolerance for everyone, including Americans. Despite the thread of persecution, the followers of Jesus find innovative ways to meet and encourage each other.
Oct 25th 2008, 07:17 PM
Mauritania-Mauritania is one of the most restricted nations in the world. Mauritanians have had to endure much hardship recently with long droughts and ethnic squabbling. Freedom of religion is non-existant in this state where Islam has dominated for over 1,000 years and only 0.25 percent of the population is Christian. It is illegal for citizens to enter non-Muslim households, and anyone who confesses Christ faces the death penalty under the law. People who have simply shown interest in the gospel have been tortured and imprisoned. Christian literature and religious radio broadcasts are not allowed.
Oct 27th 2008, 09:19 PM
Morocco-Islam entered Morocco in the 7th century through invading Arab armies. Last year King Hassan II died and the throne passed to his son, King Mohammed VI. Hassan was committed to the presentation of Islam as the religion of all Moroccans, and even claimed to be a direct descendant of the prophet Mohammed. The new king has shown no signs of lessening attacks on Christians. Morocco is a hostile environment for the CVhristians who form 0.16 percent of the nation, as anyone who comes to Christ can face charges of treachery and illegal contact with foreign missions. Many have endured ostracism from their families, loss of emplyment, and imprisonment for their faith. The government does not permit missionary work, but many foreign Christians are working in secular roles, hoping to quietly win souls to Christ.
Oct 29th 2008, 12:55 AM
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Turkmenistan-Despite the collapse pf the Communist government of the Soviet Union in 1990 and Turkmenistan's subsequent freedom in 1991, many remnants of the old system remain. Soon after Turkmenistan gained its freedom, President Saparmurad Niyazov named himself Turkmenbashi, or head of the Turkmen, and built a personality cult around himself. Anyone who attempts to run against him in "democratic" elections is subjected to harassment. Turkmenistan is also slowly proceeding toward Islamization. As a result, Christianity in Turkmenistan has suffered greatly. Police and the National Security Committee, or the KNB, surrounded an unregistered church in the capital, Ashgabad. Soon after, heavy demolition equipment arrived and razed the church, which was built in 1992. Christian students attending universities have been threatened with expulsion. Christians, although few in number in Turkmenistan, are still influencing their society. Through the Jesus film and video, which has been well received, many are being exposed to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.