Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s most restricted and difficult environments for Christians, especially those who convert from Islam.
Families, communities and the government severely persecute Christian converts from Islam and work to restrict evangelism and Bible distribution.
At a court hearing on 22 April, an Arab convert who has lived all his life in Saudi Arabia was acquitted on theft charges.
Sources: Middle East Concern, The Voice of the Martyrs USA
After he had helped his sister escape abuse because of her conversion to Christianity, he had been falsely accused by family members of stealing money.
At the hearing, a dispute arose between the judge and the two lawyers representing the accuser, then between the two lawyers themselves. Afterwards, the judge, in an angry tirade, concluded there was no evidence at all against the believer and acquitted him.
This answer to prayer was a great encouragement, not only to this Muslim background believer, his wife and children but also to the wider convert community in their city.
He still faces two other court cases. He is accused of trying to convert Muslims to Christianity and of helping his sister leave the country against the wishes of her husband and the wider family.
In the past few years, he has faced several prison sentences and flogging due to his faith and his assistance to his sister.
Let us pray.
- Praise and thank God for His intervention and the acquittal. Commit to the Lord the other two court cases.
- Ask God to be at work in the hearts and minds of the wider family members; may they too have an opportunity to know the Lord for themselves.
- Pray for the protection of the local Christians. Pray for opportunities for church growth.