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Two Indian Christian men working in the state of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia were recently arrested and sentenced to 45 days in prison. At approximately 8:30 p.m. on March 11, Vasantha Sekhar and Nese Yohan were beaten and arrested in the city of Batha on accusations of "proselytizing." Their apartment was ransacked after they were imprisoned, and local Christians believe they were arrested to keep them from practicing Christianity privately in their home. An employer has returned the passport of one of the Christians, making it clear that his job is no longer available, and he will be expelled. The other Christian awaits information regarding his legal status and job.

Pray that these believers will be released. Pray that they will testify to the love and truth of the Lord in prison. Ask God to give all Christians ministering in Saudi Arabia grace, wisdom and endurance as they serve Him (1 Peter 5:10).

You can learn more about the opposition facing Christians in Saudi Arabia at the Saudi Arabia Country Report.

Country Information

Population
33,091,113 (July 2018 est.)

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

Religion (%)
Islam (official: 100)

Leader
King and Prime Minister Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud

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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