|Leader||King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa|
|Population||1 419 000|
“[S]o is My Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
In Bahrain, 70% of the population is Muslim. Despite being told they are allowed religious freedom, many people are ruled by sharia (Islamic) law. Because of this, being a local Christian in Bahrain has many challenges. Believers face discrimination daily and expressing their faith in public can be deadly. Christians and other minorities are often neglected and opposed by the government. Attending church is difficult as it’s hard for pastors to get permission to build one. Sunday services aren’t allowed to be translated into Arabic making it hard for Christians to grow. Private house churches are the most accessible way to gather together and worship, but these are constantly monitored.
People believe that if you were a Muslim and convert to Christianity, there is no place for you in Bahrain. This isolates new believers. Those who still go to school are more likely to hide their faith to avoid being harassed. Family members put extra pressure on new Christians to renounce their faith.
Because of the difficulties Christians face, making sure believers don’t feel alone is important. Open Doors works to make sure Christian know they are supported and prayed for.