Islam governs all spheres of life in Brunei. The Sultan recently declared himself Prime Minister and President, and presents himself as the defender of the faith. Islamic law has been fully implemented since 2011. By decree, contact with Christians in other countries and the public celebration of Christmas is banned. Christian pastors and workers are considered ‘enemies’ and their activities are monitored by government spies and police. Changing religion on one’s identity card is impossible, and Muslim-background believers face hostility – even violence – from families, friends and neighbors.
- It is difficult for church leaders to get access to good theological training. Ask the Lord to provide.
- The printing and import of Christian materials is forbidden. Pray that Brunei will open up to God’s Word.
- Islamic religious studies were made compulsory in all schools in January 2013. Ask God to strengthen the faith of Christian children and use them to spread the gospel.