Share God’s love with this small community of national Bahrainis and migrant, expatriate workers. One of the most technically advanced and connected countries in the world, Bahrain has one of the highest per capita incomes globally - but that wealth is unevenly distributed amongst the few. Whilst some wealthy Bahrainis have access to a high standard of living, education and career opportunities, the large socioeconomic and political gap between the Sunni and Shia populations, leave many Bahrainis in less favourable economic situations.
Bahrain’s own depleted natural oil resources have brought advances into other areas, including hospitality and retail, to become the regional banking hub for the region. This essential transit route for the world’s oil in the Gulf States is also a temporary home to many Arabic-speakers coming formerly from other Arab states but now largely from South and Southeast Asia. Those eager to learn Arabic can also find a responsive welcome.
It is easy to engage with friendly Bahrainis and migrants. Jenny, an expatriate believer who speaks Arabic has had many conversations with people. “Often people are surprised that someone from the West would be interested in spiritual things. One young boy had many questions about what happens after death, as his father had recently died, and he was afraid for his own future.”
Share God’s love with people through professional skills: by working alongside colleagues, serving communities, bringing employment opportunities that lead to safer workplaces. Engage neighbouring families with an honest offer of friendship. Have culturally appropriate spiritual conversations.
Samuel Zwemer founded Bahrain’s first hospital, The American Mission Hospital, in 1903. His wife, Amy Zwemer, founded Bahrain’s first western style school; now known as Al Raja School. The Zwemer’s legacy of love and concern for Arabs has had a lasting impact.
This Muslim-majority country is relatively accommodating to Christians. The government graciously permits the peaceful co-existence of over 170,000 believers in Jesus, including some local believers. Mature believers here need encouragement and partnership. Empower them to be outward focused as they engage their communities. Young believers need discipleship and community. Walk with them as they navigate the harsh contrast between their beliefs and their culture.
Although challenging circumstances, international workers can live alongside national believers in Jesus, and those who have not yet met Him personally. You will always work to support local partners within the country, using your professional skills and personal faith to bless and empower the people of Bahrain. Could you follow in the footsteps of the Zwemers in serving the people of Bahrain through caring for their health, or in other equally valuable ways? Whether you come to Bahrain, or whether you pray, or invest in lives through financial support, there are opportunities for you in Bahrain.
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