Saudi Arabia SA

5,864,389

GMO Gospel Visits 2014

374,150

Indicated decisions 2014

29.9 million

Population

1.4 million

Christians
89,000 are evangelical

For detailed information on the Primary and Secondary Cultural Characteristics, go here.

  • Stats for Saudi Arabia
  • Cluster

  • Social Control

    Shame-based 
  • Cultural Distinctions

    None
  • Top 25 Stats

    Total Gospel Visits- 5.9 M (15th); Gospel Visits to Population- 19.61% (16th); Gospel Visits to non-Evangelicals- 19.67% (19th); Total Gospel Decisions- 374,000 (18th).
  • Fastest Growing Religion

    Christian
  • Human Development Index

    34/187
  • Internet Access

    59.24 (53rd)
  • Ethnic Groups

    Saudi Arab (73%); Foreign Arab (7.4%, includes Egyptian, Yemeni, Palestinian, Lebanese); Indian (5.2%); Filipino (33.7%); Bangladeshi (3.7%); Pakistani (3.3%); African (1.5%, includes Somali, Arab-African, Nigerian).
  • Common Languages

    Arabic
  • Economy

    Enormous oil reserves provide 75-90% of nation's revenue; Foreign laborers are necessary. 
    Drop in oil prices is causing major deficit spending and concern for the future.
    Nation has 30% unemployment, since Saudis disdain certain types of labor.
  • History / Politics

    Absolute monarchy that is controlled by large royal family; Advisory council elected by voters. Islamic state committed to role of “custodian of Islam” and holiest sites (Mecca, Medina). Nation is the birthplace and stronghold of Islam with influence over all Islam.
    Two million come to Mecca yearly; Billions of dollars spent to promote Islam worldwide. Record on religious freedom and human rights is one of the world’s worst.
    People of other faiths can live here, but cannot practice their religion even privately.
    Women kept from driving, voting, working, and leaving home unless father/brother agree. Christians are closely watched, and can be beaten, expelled, or imprisoned if practicing faith. Much tension exists between those who want looser and those who want tighter controls. Despite strict laws, alcohol, drug abuse, sexual immorality, and HIV are common.
  • Spirituality

    Saudis who become Christians can be executed if discovered.
    Christian satellite radio and Internet are major avenues for the gospel.
  • Prayers

    Pray for religious tolerance to begin to occur in the nation.
    Pray that Internet, radio, and television can reach more people for the Gospel.

Note:

All of the information on the number of Christians and Evangelicals is from Pray for the World! or Operation World.