Brunei

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Malay people 70% Chinese 16%.  A Muslim state with about 10% population  christians. Despite constitutional guarantees for the practice of other religions this is often overlooked. Contact with christians in other countries, the import of Bibles and public celebration of Xmas are banned by decree. Christians are not allowed to proselytize and Christianity and other religions are not taught in schools, even the Christian schools. If religious organisations fail to register members may be imprisoned. People who convert from Islam to another religion are subject to societal and official pressure.

Pray for the conversion of the Sultan and crown prince. God has placed a number of devoted believers in the inner circle of the royal family-pray for their witness and influence on behalf of their persecuted brethren.

Few trained and ordained church leaders.

Pray for the entry of the gospel into this nation.

Filipino believers have potential.

Sharia law due to be introduced from April 2014-pray for Christians in these circumstances to know God’s will and do it.

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In Brunei, contact with Christians in other countries and the public celebration of Christmas is banned. Import of Christian material is forbidden and Islamic religious studies are made compulsory in all schools since Jan 2013. In 2011, the Sultan declared himself the Prime Minister and President of Brunei, and presents himself as a defender of Islam. Christian pastors and workers in the country are considered enemies. Following the ban of 19 words that non-muslims are not allowed to use, Brunei is now implementing the death penalty for rape, adultery, sodomy, extramarital sexual relations for Muslims, robbery and murder. Islamic Sharia law punishments such as flogging, amputation of limbs for theft, and death by stoning for adultery and other crimes will be phrased in.

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The UN human rights office on Friday criticised Brunei’s planned introduction of the death penalty for a raft of new offences, as part of a shift to harsh Islamic punishments in the oil-rich sultanate. “We are deeply concerned about the revised…

 

 

 

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