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- Stats for Yemen
Top 25 Stats
Gospel Decisions to Visits- 13.70% (17th).
Fastest Growing Religion
Human Development Index
Arab (97%); Refugee communities (2.6%, Somali, Ethiopian).
Poorest country in the Arab world; Income comes from oil and Yemenis working abroad. Has high unemployment; Oil and water supplies continue to decrease. Used to be famous for frankincense, myrrh, and coffee; Now mild drug qat is main crop. Workers waste many hours a day chewing qat; This hurts the economy, social, and family life.
History / Politics
A history of wars and conquest; North was part of the Ottoman Empire until 1918. Aden to south was ruled by Britain until independence in 1967; The two parts united in 1990. Was a presidential government with some democracy; In 2015, rebels overran capital. Recent decades has had three civil wars, tribal conflicts, and war in nearby countries. Tensions between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims; Tribes are very strong, and government is weak.
Yemenis find God through radio, Bibles, Internet, careful witness, and dreams from God. Christianity was once strong here before the Muslim conquest in 7th century A.D. Now the only Christians tend to be workers from other countries. With the overthrow of the president and intervention of Saudi Arabia, the future is unclear.
One of world’s least evangelized nations, so pray for peace so Christian witness can return. Pray God continues to show His Truth through Internet, radio, and television. Pray for workers to be both evangelized and evangelists within the country.