PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for the Brunei government to continue its support to fight against terrorism
     
  • Sultan and Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah runs the country and he’s one of the richest men in the world, while his family and friends are the most powerful people in the country. Pray that one of them would become a Christian.
     
  • Muslims aim for Brunei to be a “pure” Islamic state by 2020―and offer incentives like jobs and houses to spread Islam. Pray for Muslims in Brunei to meet Jesus and follow Him.
     
  • Proselytizing by faiths other than the officially sanctioned branch of Islam is not permitted. There are no missionaries reported working in the country. Pray for religious freedom in Brunei.

 

Find ministries and organizations working in Brunei at Joshua Project | Brunei.


 




FACTS
Population: 402,000
Total People Groups: 26
Unreached People Groups: 8
Region: Southeast Asia
Official National Language: Malay
Secondary National Language: English
Religions: Islam 67.0%, Christianity 12.1%, Ethnic Religions 10.7%, Buddhism 7.5%, Non-Religious 1.6%, Hinduism 0.8%, Other 0.3%
Persecution Ranking: 28
Percentage of People in Poverty: Not Ranked

LOCATION
Brunei Darussalam, officially the State of Brunei, Abode of Peace, is a country located on the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea it is completely surrounded by the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. Brunei, the remnant of a very powerful sultanate, regained its independence from the United Kingdom in January 1984. Brunei consists of two unconnected parts. 97% of the population lives in the larger western part, while only about 10,000 live in the mountainous eastern part (the district of Temburong).

RELIGION
Brunei is 64.4% Muslim, while Christians make up 11.3 of the population.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
Brunei is ranked No. 29 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2008 World Watch List. Islam is the state religion and gradually restrictions on Christians are increasing.


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors