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On June 9, ten Saudi police officers armed with wooden clubs raided a private worship gathering in Jeddah, according to a June 15 report from Compass Direct. More than 100 foreign Christians had gathered in a home for worship when the police officers entered. The Christians invited the police to be seated and the officers waited until the end of the three-hour service before arresting the four leaders: Mekbeb Telahun and Masai Wendewesen from Ethiopia and Fekre Gebremedhin and Dawit Uqbay from Eritrea. The four are now being held in the Jeddah Terhil (Deportation) Center.

Typically, Christians arrested in Saudi Arabia for holding private worship services are deported to their countries of origin. However, they are sometimes detained for several days or weeks in wretched conditions before being allowed to leave the country. A Christian who has spoken to the men by telephone reports that they are doing well, but did not know if they were being interrogated or mistreated.

Members of the Saudi royal family have insisted that Christians are free to worship within their own homes. All public worship, other than Islamic, is strictly prohibited.

Pray that, like Paul, the imprisonment of these men will result in the advancement of God's kingdom (Philippians 1:12). Pray that they will be enabled to rejoice in all that is happening, knowing that Christ will be glorified and that theirs is the kingdom of heaven (1 Peter 4:12-13, Matthew 5:10).

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Saudi Arabia, click here. See Glenn Penner's weblog on whether Saudi Arabia can really be expected to be an ally in stopping Islamist terrorism.

Country Information

34,783,757 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Arab (90), Afro-Asian (10)

Religion (%)
Islam (official: 100)

King and Prime Minister Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud (2015)

Government type
Absolute monarchy

Legal system
Islamic (sharia) legal system with some elements of Egyptian, French, and customary law; note - several secular codes have been introduced; commercial disputes handled by special committees

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Saudi Arabia

Please uphold the Christians of Saudi Arabia, who must secretly serve God in a country where intolerance and violence pose threats to their freedom of worship and personal belief in our Lord Jesus. May He personally take up their cause, working out His very best plans for their lives and future ( Jeremiah 29:11). Pray that He will touch the hearts of the country's authorities – and many others in Saudi Arabia and its surrounding nations – through the Internet and VOMC's evangelistic radio broadcast so that they may experience His wonderful plan of salvation as well.


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Saudi Arabia News

  • Christian Escapes the Country
    A road in Saudi Arabia - Photo: Unsplash / Abdulla Dhahri

    Over the past several months, Christians around the world have been following reports about a Saudi Arabian Christian referred to as "A" or "Adam." For more information, see our previously published reports, which are available at our country report.

  • Believer's Family Escapes into Exile
    Man praying with mosque in the background
    Pray that Christians will experience the Lord's peace and strength.

    A Christian believer in Saudi Arabia, who was identified in previous Persecution & Prayer Alert reports as "A" or "Adam," has been sentenced with a large fine for allegedly attempting to convert Muslims to Christianity, as well as as

  • Believer Faces Hefty Fine for Assisting Others
    A man in the desert.
    Pray that Saudi believers will know they are never alone.

    A court in Saudi Arabia has recently imposed a hefty fine of 300,000 SAR (which converted equates to approximately $97,000 CAD) on a Christian man who can only be identified as "A" or "Adam" for security reasons. He has been given 30 days to

  • Christian Man's Wife Seized by Opposing Family
    Woman by a window
    Pray that "A's" wife and others like her will experience the compassion of our Heavenly Father.

    A Saudi believer identified only as "A" has been facing legal challenges after openly speaking about his conversion to Christianity, as well as assisting his Christian sister to flee the country (read mor