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Region Arabian Peninsula
Christian Population 12% Christians in the country
Main Religion Islam
2020 Rank 43
2019 Rank 43


Conversion from Islam to another faith is not officially recognised and is likely to lead to legal problems. Kuwaiti believers from Muslim backgrounds face pressure from their families to deny their faith. They risk discrimination, harassment, police monitoring and intimidation by vigilante groups.

Expatriate Christians are relatively free to worship informally, but their churches face many restrictions. Existing places registered for worship are very small and limited, and obtaining property for worship is extremely difficult. Evangelism is strictly forbidden, as is Christian education and religious literature that is considered offensive to Islam. While female Christian expat workers are vulnerable to sexual harassment and abuse.

Reports of Christians being harmed, imprisoned or killed for their faith are rare.


“People here are very receptive to the Gospel. We have seen God doing great work, and many people have accepted Christ… Please keep us in your prayers because God is doing wonderful work.”

– Emmanuel*, a pastor from the Arabian Peninsula.

Amazed at how God works despite difficulties and barriers, Emmanuel encourages all Christians to pray, since the work is fully dependent on God.

*Name changed for security reasons.

Pray for Kuwait

  • Pray for unity among the Church in Kuwait as they need to share spaces of worship between different groups.
  • Pray for the Church to remain faithful despite persecution.
  • Pray for the Church to find creative ways of sharing the Gospel with Muslims.


Open Doors raises prayer support for believers in the Arabian Peninsula in order to stand with them as they undergo persecution for their faith in Jesus.

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