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Overview:

Qatar is an extremely affluent country. However, in 2017 most Arab countries severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorist groups. The few Qatari believers living inside the country must worship in absolute secrecy, while Christians who are not citizens must worship in a government-controlled compound known as “Church City.” Qatari citizens are not allowed to visit Church City. About 65 percent of the country’s population is composed of foreign workers, and roughly 6 percent of the workers are Christian, mostly Filipinos, Indians and Lebanese. In recent years, a few expatriate Christians have been deported for evangelistic activities among native Qataris.

Major Religions:

Nearly all native Qataris are Muslim, and most are Sunni Muslim.

Persecutor:

Both the government and the community persecute those who leave Islam.

What It Means To Follow Christ In Qatar:

Converting to Christianity means losing everything, and the small number of Qatari believers must gather for teaching or worship in absolute secrecy. Although sharing the gospel with Muslims is strictly forbidden, some Christians still take great risks to evangelize Qatari citizens.

Access To Bibles:

Qataris can easily access the Bible through the internet, and some travel to Bahrain to purchase Bibles. It is not illegal to own a Bible, but being discovered with one would cause immediate problems within the family. Give Bibles

VOM Work:

VOM provides support to Christian converts from Islam. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for those undergoing persecution because of their faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray that Qataris will respond to the gospel shared through Arabic broadcasts and websites.
  • Pray that the places where believers meet will remain safe and undetected.
  • Pray that culture and tradition will not hinder people from coming to Christ.
  • Pray that believers will overcome fear and that the gospel will be freely shared.
  • Pray for the protection and encouragement of the few believers in the country.
  • Pray that Qataris will hear about Jesus.