|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah|
Brunei: No Public Christianity.
Brunei is incredibly wealthy as the world’s third-largest oil producer, but Christians are treated as second-class citizens. Christmas is banned and importing Bibles is illegal. Simply wearing a cross or singing worship songs in public could result in five years behind bars. Leaving Islam to follow Jesus is a crime punishable by death.
Spies In Sunday Services.
The Sultan of Brunei is enforcing Sharia (Islamic) law. Brunei is becoming increasingly Islamic. Attitudes towards Christians are hostile. Many young Christians prefer to move overseas for a better life.
New Christians have to be very careful when reading the Bible or meeting with other believers. Church meetings usually have spies sitting in services. Some spies are their own church members, bribed to become informants.
More than five people cannot gather together in Brunei without receiving authorisation. Churches who don’t receive authorisation are forced into hiding. Even legal churches are afraid to display the cross as doing so is seen as an attempt to evangelise, which is against the law.
Pray that Christians have the boldness to share the gospel with Muslims, despite the consequences.
Pray for God to help new Christians who have to flee the country. Pray they find safety and refuge outside the country.
Pray that Christians don’t live in fear now that Sharia (Islamic) law dictates the way the live.