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The Sultanate of Oman is less restrictive than its neighbors on the Arabian Peninusula. There are a limited number of church buildings, and the few Omani Christians in the country usually meet covertly and only carefully discuss their faith because of the risk of persecution from family, community and government.
Nearly all Omanis are Muslims, including around 70 percent Ibadi Muslims, with the remainder a mix of Sunni and Shiite Muslims.
Family members and communities pressure those who convert from Islam to Christianity, and the government intervenes if Christian converts become well known or are viewed as a source of shame in their community.
What It Means To Follow Christ In Oman:
Leaving Islam is not a criminal act in Oman, but Christian converts can face legal challenges in several other ways. There are so few Omani believers and the risk of persecution is so high that Christian converts must meet in small groups and use caution in sharing their faith. Foreign Christians are permitted to meet, but they are not allowed to meet in homes or to evangelize other Omanis.
Access To Bibles:
The government allows the Bible Society to sell Bibles and Christian literature to foreigners inside the country, but not to Omanis. There is only one Christian bookstore, in Oman’s capital, but Omanis can easily access digital and audio Bibles online. Give Bibles
VOM provides Christian materials to workers for distribution inside the country and helps with the training of local believers in evangelism and discipleship. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry
- Pray for local believers who lost their jobs because of their faith.
- Pray for the protection of missionaries serving in the country.
- Pray that the truth of God's Word will overcome the falsehoods of Islam.
- Pray for Leila, who disappeared after her faith in Christ became known.
- Pray for Joseph, who lost all of his worldly possessions because of his faith in Jesus Christ.