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- Stats for Saudi Arabia
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
Human Development Index
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).
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.
Saudis who become Christians can be executed if discovered. Christian satellite radio and Internet are major avenues for the gospel.
Pray for religious tolerance to begin to occur in the nation. Pray that Internet, radio, and television can reach more people for the Gospel.