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Ask a VOM Worker: Countries

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Question: Which of the countries you have visited is your favorite? Which countries need prayer the most?

Answer: My favorite is Sudan because that was the first one I went to and the one I have visited the most. Ministry has changed a lot there over the years. When I first went there, it was an open war zone. You could do whatever you wanted and didn’t have to hide because it was already a war zone.

The need for prayer changes, depending on all that’s happening. Right now Pakistan is very much in the forefront. But probably the country that’s most on my mind in North Korea. It’s probably the most restricted nation, or one of the top two. The other is Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

RESTRICTED

Capital
Riyadh

Size
Slightly more than one-fifth the size of the US.

Main Languages
Arabic

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

History
Long ago, most of the people on the Arabian Peninsula were nomads. Isaiah 13:20 talks about Arabians pitching tents. Muhammad, the man who started Islam, lived on the Arabian Peninsula in the early 600s A.D. He and his followers united the Arabs as Muslims. The region became the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, ruled by King Abdul Aziz. Today the country is rich from selling oil.

 

Religion
Muslim.

Persecution
Christians are not allowed to have church buildings in Saudi Arabia. Non-Muslims must worship in private. Even when they do, they may be bothered by the police and arrested for their faith. Sharing the gospel with Muslims is illegal. All women must dress according to strict Muslim rules.