Leader: Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
Population: 395,000 (39,500 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam
Government: Constitutional Sultanate
World Watch Rank: 29
Most Christians in Brunei are expatriates and migrants. They are allowed to practise their faith, but not to share it with Malays, the major people group in Brunei. Churches that are officially registered and recognised are prohibited from taking in seekers and converts from the local population. Violation of these restrictions means church closure and possible imprisonment for the pastor. Because of these restrictions, believers from a Muslim background are often isolated and neglected.
- For the few pastors prepared to minister to believers from a Muslim background
- That local churches will embrace converts fleeing threats because of their faith in Christ
- For children of believers from a Muslim background, that the seeds of faith will be preserved in their hearts.
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