Source of persecution: Islamic extremism/Dictatorial paranoia
The majority of Bahrainis are Shiite Muslims, led by, but demonstrating against, a Sunni government and caught between competing Saudi Arabia and Iran. Because of its international position in banking and trade, Bahrain tends to be the most liberal country in the Arabian Peninsula for expat Christians to practise their faith. However, evangelising Muslims is illegal. MBBs experience pressure, mostly from family and community; they continue to be considered Muslims by the state and legal challenge to this is not permitted.
- For secret believers, who don’t talk about their conversion
- The import of Bibles is not prohibited. Pray for Arabic Bibles and Christian literature to be available in public bookstores
- Praise God for the relative freedom of expression here. Pray that Christians will make the most of every opportunity.