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International Day of the Bible

The Bible tells about King Josiah, who re-discovered the words of God. He read the words to all the people of the land to turn their hearts back to God. (See 2 Kings 22-23.)

International Bible Week is celebrated during the week of Thanksgiving in the United States. This year, the International Day of the Bible will be observed on November 24. People will read passages of the Bible aloud in public.

Ask a mature Christian to help you discover a story or passage in the Bible that is new to you. Read the passage aloud.

As you learn more about the Bible, remember Christians in the following countries who could be persecuted if they read the Bible aloud in public. (The list is not a complete list.)

  • North Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Somalia
  • Eritrea
  • Afghanistan
  • Iran
  • Syria
  • Uzbekistan
  • Qatar

U.S. State Department’s Religious Freedom Report


This week the U.S. Department of State released their 2011 International Religious Freedom Report. The report covers 199 countries and territories. Go to the report here and use the “Go to a Country Report” drop-down box to begin searching reports from specific countries. The reports tell what religions people in the country follow, what the laws of the country say about religious freedom, and whether or not there are abuses of religious freedom in that country.

See the “Countries” section on this site or the “Restricted Nations” section at for further information about selected countries.

Qatar News

Qatar is smaller than the state of Connecticut, but it is one of the richest countries in the world. The government announced that it would build or repair hundreds of mosques in preparation for Ramadan this year, at a cost of $122 million.

Muslims in Qatar cannot legally become Christians. Anyone who tries to lead a Muslim to Christ can go to prison. Some Muslims from Qatar have become Christians when they visited other countries.

To Do: Pray that non-Christian visitors to your state or city will meet Christians who will influence them to seek Jesus.






Slightly smaller than Connecticut.

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At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Qatar.

Qatar became an independent country in 1971. The emir who ruled the country after that wasted his nation’s money. (An emir is a ruler in some Muslim countries.) The emir’s son, Hamad, took control away from his father in 1995. Now Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world, earning its money from selling oil. Hamad also helped start Al-Jazeera, an Arabic TV network. Hamid transferred power to his son, Tamim, in 2013.


Mostly Muslim.

Islam is the official religion. Most of the people who follow other religions are workers who come from other countries to earn money in Qatar.

Muslims may not legally become Christians. Anyone who tries to lead a Muslim to Christ can go to prison. People who own CDs, DVDs, or written materials that support or help missionary activities can be imprisoned for up to two years.