How many Christians are there in Brunei?
Brunei is a very small country with an absolute monarchy; there are 439,000 people living there. Christians in Brunei number just over 55,000, and they make up 13 per cent of the population.
Why are Christians persecuted in Brunei?
The Sultan of Brunei is seen as the protector and defender of Islam. As a result of his influence, policies that favour Islam over other religions are legally executed and enforced by all government officers. In April 2019, Sharia (Islamic law) was fully implemented in the country. While currently unsure of how this will affect them, many believers are very worried about what this will mean for them and for the church.
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What’s life like for Christians in Brunei?
The introduction of Islamic laws affects the whole of society, Christians included. Non-traditional Christian communities cannot be registered as churches; they must register as companies, societies or family centres. As such, they are treated as secular organisations and are required to submit their financial and operational reports to the government every year. The sultan has the power to close any existing church at any time. Despite this fearful atmosphere, there are believers who continue to seek opportunities to share the gospel.
Conversion from Islam is illegal, and believers from Muslim backgrounds come under intense pressure to return to their original faith.
How can I help Christians in Brunei
Please keep praying for your brothers and sisters in Brunei. Your gifts and prayers make an enormous difference to those following Jesus no matter the cost.
- £12 could provide four Bibles to encourage persecuted Christians from South East Asia in their faith.
Open Doors raises prayer support from worldwide Christians for believers and churches in Brunei and for the Sultan and his government officials.
Lord Jesus, may the light of Your love pierce through the darkness in Brunei. Please protect our church family there – especially those who come from Muslim backgrounds. Help believers in Brunei to be light and salt in their communities, so that others may come to know You and Your salvation.