WORLD WATCH LIST

Kuwait

#49

Christian converts are monitored and struggle to meet safely.

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“The Word of God is eaten here. People are so hungry for the Word that it just finds its way to them.”

– Judah, a believer from the Arabian Peninsula

Country
Profile

Region
Middle East
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
4,361,000
Christian population
520,000
Religions
Islam
Leader
Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Score
64
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

In Kuwait, conversion from Islam to another faith is not officially recognised and is likely to lead to legal problems. Converts to Christianity from Islam face discrimination and harassment from their family and community, intimidation from Islamist groups, and even police monitoring.

Although expatriate Christians are relatively free to worship, finding a place to meet is often difficult. Christians must be very careful when sharing their faith, since proselytising is illegal and they could be expelled from the country.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

Christian converts are most vulnerable to persecution because Kuwaiti society is highly conservative and leaving Islam is regarded as a betrayal of the family and tribe. In many cases, converts are alienated from their families because of their conversion.

Expatriate Christians with lower levels of skills are more likely to face discrimination and abuse, especially female domestic workers. The poor treatment of migrant workers, many of whom are Christians, is a major issue that has worsened during the pandemic lockdowns.

PRAY FOR KUWAIT

– Pray for the protection of Kuwaiti Christians, and for wisdom and boldness in sharing their faith.

– Pray that the Lord will heal migrant workers who have suffered poor treatment.

– Pray that God would enable Christians to gather safely for worship, prayer, and encouragement.

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