Bahraini of Bahrain
Primary Religion: Islam (96.0%)
Known Christians: 3.4% (24,548)
Bahraini are related to the two million Arabs spread over the Middle East and North Africa, bound loosely together by a religious and cultural heritage. Arabs trace their ancestry back to Ishmael, the son of Abraham, and his wife's maid, Hagar. During the seventh century, Mohammed drew many of the Arab tribes together by giving them a common religion, Islam. The ruling Bahraini family is Sunni Muslims, while the Northern villagers are Shiites. Vast oil reserves have cause a great del of Western influence and many Muslims criticize the Bahrainis for not being strict enough about Islamic values, yet They consider the moral values of Western Christians to be pagan. Opportunities for foreign business mean opportunities for Christian business people to share the Gospel.
Pray for ministries to begin to focus on the Bahrainis and that a burden will be placed on hearts specifically for them. They cannot hear if the Word is not going forth. Ask God to raise bold, spiritual leaders among Bahraini Christians. Ask the Holy Spirit to give courage to Muslims and that intimidation will not keep them from receiving Jesus.
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