In Saudi Arabia it is perilous to testify of your faith. The number of Christians is estimated at about 1.4 million people, but these are mainly migrants. The Filipino Sue is such a migrant. She cautiously tries to share the gospel with her employer.
‘As a Filipino, do I belong to the people of God?’ Sue asks her mentor in a chat conversation. Sue takes the GlobalRize Bible course, where she is guided by a Dutch mentor.
A great crowd
Together they study Revelation 7, in which they read of a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language standing before the throne. While Sue cannot see her daughters and can’t go to church for eighteen months, she writes to her mentor that she nevertheless feels happy by taking the course. ‘I had doubts, but now I am very proud to say that I am a child of God.’
Sue cautiously tries to share the good news with the Saudi family she works for, although it puts her at risk. She lets them hear Christian worship songs and prays that God opens their hearts to the Lord Jesus. She also tells Filipino workers what she learned in the Bible course. This is how the gospel is spread through online courses, even in Saudi Arabia!
Saudis cannot leave Islam and face the death penalty if they become Christians. It is almost impossible for them to become Christians, especially in public. Yet the number of Saudi Christians is growing, because they come into contact with Christianity via radio, TV or internet.
Through GlobalRize, Saudis can take a course on the Bible or on the Christian faith, where they receive personal guidance from a mentor. 103 Saudis did so in 2020. The missionary organization spreads the gospel via the Internet in Arabic and English, which is spoken by most Saudis.