For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.
- Stats for Bahrain
Top 25 Stats
Internet Access- 96.53% (2nd); Gospel Visits to Population- 46.75% (3rd); Gospel Visits to non-Evangelicals- 47.59% (3rd); Gospel Decisions to Population- 2.75% (6th); Gospel Decisions to Non-Evangelicals- 2.80% (8th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Arab (50%); Iranian (15%); South Asian (15%, Indian, Pakistani); Bahraini Farsi (10%); East Asian (7%, Filipino, Korean, Chinese); European (1.5%).
First nation to produce oil in the Gulf and will be first to run out; Most free economy in area. Has tried to diversify into business, IT, healthcare, and education. Majority of workers are from foreign countries. Oil price drop has hurt economy, so government wants to reduce number of foreign workers.
History / Politics
Independence in 1971 from Great Britain; Absolute rule by the Emir from1975 to 2001. Now a constitutional monarchy; A Sunni family rules, but 2/3 of nation is Shiite.
Has greater freedom than all the Gulf nations, so is spiritually strategic. High Internet use allows Christian interaction with non-believers. Schooling is in English and there are opportunities for Christians in education to witness. Evangelism allowed only among non-Bahraini workers.
Pray for unity among all Christians as a testimony to their fellow countrymen. Pray for continued freedom of religion and that Christians can minister to all. Pray for greater growth of the church within the nation.