In Focus: Bahrain

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Name: Kingdom of Bahrain

Area: 691 sq km

A group of one larger and 32 smaller barren islands in the Arabian Gulf, between the Qatar peninsula and Saudi Arabian mainland – linked to the latter by a causeway.

Population: 807,131    Annual Growth: 2.10%

Capital: Manama

Urbanites: 88.6%

HDI Rank: 39 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples: 16 (38% unreached)

Official language: Arabic    Languages: 12

Largest Religion: Muslim

Religion Pop % Ann Gr
Christians 79,180 9.81 2.4
Evangelicals 23,579 2.9 3.3
Muslim 671,775 83.23

Challenges for Prayer

Praise God for the local believers. Some are integrated into the various churches; others are in more informal networks. Pray for spiritual growth and especially for unity and cooperation among these groups, as a testimony to their fellow Arabs.

Among the large expatriate community (predominantly from South and East Asia and the Middle East, but also the West and Africa), a considerable number of active Christians meet formally and informally. Pray that expat believers might have courage and wisdom to share their faith outside their cultural group as well as a sense of God’s purpose in bringing them to Bahrain. One area of great potential is in education. The internationalization of education opens many opportunities, since locals prize good education and much schooling is in English. Pray for believing teachers who will be witnesses in their jobs.

Source: http://www.operationworld.org/bahr

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