Saturday, March 25   Sign in or Register
Evangelical Focus

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud

Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.

Faith at the workplace
Do you agree with the EU Court of Justice that religious and political symbols can be banned at the workplace?




Saudi Christians called to be lonely

Churches are forbidden in Saudi Arabia, and converting from Islam is punished with decapitation.

SECRET BELIEVERS AUTHOR Open Doors Spain 29 NOVEMBER 2016 10:05 h GMT+1
Saudi Arabia ranks 14 in the Open Doors World Watch Monitor list.

It’s almost impossible to be a Christian in Saudi Arabia, the heartland of Islam. While foreign visitors are allowed some freedom to organize private religious meetings, for native Saudis the pressure from both government and relatives is almost absolute.

And yet God is working among Saudis. The story of Muminah* gives us an insight of how His work.

She remembers it very clearly. It was five years ago. Muminah, who lived with her husband Adil in the Saudi city of Najran, travelled with her husband to Mecca to perform the hajj —the pilgrimage that all Muslims are expected to make once in their life. She’d been longing for a spiritual experience during this long-anticipated trip.

And there, while she was in what was supposed to be the culmination of her spiritual life as a Muslim, Jesus appeared to her in a dream and called her to follow Him. For the first time in her life Muminah clearly felt the love of God. But the vision also left her confused.

Growing up in Saudi Arabia all she’d ever been taught was the strict Wahhabi Islam, the DNA of their society. Its teaching about followers of Christ is clear: from the age of six her schoolbooks taught that all religions outside of Islam are false. And she clearly remembered her teacher in high school stating that Allah had cursed the Jews and the Christians for being “the apes of the Sabbath” and the “infidel swine of the communion of Jesus”.

Churches are forbidden in Saudi Arabia, and converting from Islam is, in theory, punishable by death by decapitation.

Muminah literally knew no-one who was a follower of Christ, and since her husband always reacted with a hot temper if someone simply made a slightly critical remark about Islam, she decided to keep her dream to herself.

The freedom of movement for women in Saudi Arabia is severely limited. They are not permitted to drive cars or even to leave the house without a relative. But one door to the outside world is increasingly difficult to close, even by the government: the internet.


The campaign Projects for Religious Freedom: Secret Believers, aims to reach out and accompany clandestine Christians like Muminah.

Back home, when her husband was at work, Muminah locked her door and went online to search for more information about Jesus, who had revealed Himself in such a special way. Through social media, she was able to connect with other Arabs abroad who were then able to teach her more about Jesus.

She quickly found out that the Bible was not corrupt, as she’d been taught all her life. And gradually she was more impressed by the teachings of Jesus. She started to pray, and while chatting online with a foreign Christian she’d never met in real life, they prayed together and Muminah gave her life to Jesus.

Through her computer, she is now able to read the Bible every day. But she always makes sure to delete her browser history since her husband would be furious if he finds out. If he knew Muminah was a Christian, he would be convinced that she was either insane or bewitched. It would be within his right to kill her himself or report her to the religious police and have her executed.

It’s been five years now since Christ first appeared to Muminah. She has never met another Saudi Christian in real life yet.

Living a Christian life for the Saudi Christians is challenging, dangerous, and lonely, but finding the truth is worth it. God is there to comfort them.

Many Saudi’s learn about Christ through the internet, satellite TV, or through face-to-face contact with Christians when travelling abroad. But returning home and sharing their faith with relatives is extremely dangerous.

There are cases where Saudi believers have disappeared when their relatives found out they’d converted or after they admitted they were following Christ. Even when they flee Saudi Arabia to live abroad, many of them are still reluctant to proclaim their faith in public, afraid of being kidnapped and brought back to Saudi Arabia.

Puertas Abiertas (Open Doors) estimates that, if a Muslim from Saudi Arabia or other Islamic countries in the Middle East converts to Christ, but does not receive any support in the first six months of his spiritual journey, they most probably will turn around and go back to his Muslim background belief.

That is why Puertas Abiertas (Open Doors) works to reach those Muslim Background Believers (MBB) and support them through digital media, radial programs (and phone follow-up), Bible and Christian resources distribution, biblical training, post-traumatic counselling, vocational training, Microloans, financial support, etc.

You can be part of stories like Muminah’s. Would you consider to join us in this adventure in search of and training of Christ followers in the most unexpected places? Give now through GivingTuesday.

*Representative story used for security reasons.




    If you want to comment, or


YOUR ARE AT: - - - Saudi Christians called to be lonely
Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict

Shira Sorko-Ram, pastor and journalist in Israel, shares her views and a historical and biblical context on the latest events.

Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ” Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”

Evangelical Focus asked the well-known Pentecostal pastor about his “open” approach to Roman Catholicism. Traettino defended his position about ecumenism during the Italian Evangelical Alliance 2016 assembly (8-9 April, Rome).

Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA

Influence in society, evangelical identity and projects in Europe. An interview with Thomas Bucher, secretary general of the European Evangelical Alliance.

Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues

A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.

‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’ ‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016

Around 1,000 young Christian leaders from 150 countries are participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, to reflect on global mission.

“Spain, we pray for you” “Spain, we pray for you”

Hundreds of evangelical Christians from many denominations marched in Madrid (Spain) to pray for their city, the authorities and asking God to bring hope to its society. Many gathered in other cities on June, 11.

How does erotic love feature in the Bible? How does erotic love feature in the Bible?

Richard Winter, Psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary, answers the question.

Proverbs 31 Proverbs 31

A powerful video recites Proverbs 31:10-31, from the Bible. Produced by World Relief. 

‘You are a… Christian?’ ‘You are a… Christian?’

A clip by Tracey Ullman's Show (BBC, in the UK) gives a humorous approach to how Christians are perceived in the labour market.

What historical obstacles do European missionaries need to overcome? What historical obstacles do European missionaries need to overcome?

Teaching Director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka Ajith Fernando answers the question.

You-To live-How? You-To live-How?

The Roldan Camacho are a Spanish couple with deafness. They tell us how the whole family experiences everyday life through sign language. A video report by Gabriela Pérez.

“Who can help me? I want to become a Christian” “Who can help me? I want to become a Christian”

Nikos Stefanidis of ‘Helping Hands’ in Athens (Greece) shares the story of an Afghan lady who decided to follow Jesus.

Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube

EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.