Leader: President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi
How many Christians?: A few thousand
World Watch List Rank: 7
“When I came to faith, I thought I was the only believer in Yemen.”
Mohammad, a Yemeni believer
There are only a few thousand Christians in Yemen (most of whom would be migrants or workers from other countries). Those that haven’t fled because of the war have become doubly vulnerable during the current conflict which sparked a massive humanitarian crisis.
Yemen is a strongly Islamic nation, and all Yemenis are considered Muslims. Leaving Islam is forbidden; Muslims who decide to follow Jesus could face the death penalty. There is no room for any open church activities or private worship. The war has allowed radical Islamic groups to expand their operations in certain areas, leading to Christians being abducted and killed. Christians are additionally vulnerable because emergency relief is mostly distributed through Islamic organisations and local mosques. These are believed to discriminate against anybody who is not considered to be a devout Muslim. There are accounts of Yemeni Christians being refused treatment at under-resourced hospitals.
Lord God, we pray for Your protection over Your children in Yemen. We ask that You would show them that their true identity is not in their tribe, community or nationality but, first and foremost, in Jesus. Please bring peace and stability to the country, and ensure Your children can survive the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Build a resilient church, we pray. Amen.
Mohammad (not his real name) became a Christian after unexpectedly coming across a Bible in a second-hand shop. So few Christians can reveal their faith that it took a long time before Mohammad met any other believers.
“When I came to faith, I thought I was the only believer in Yemen,” Mohammad remembers. “For a long time, I didn’t know any other Yemeni Christians. Now I know many, and there are many more like us.”
His wife Alima (name changed) later also gave her life to Jesus, and they run Bible studies together – but they dress in traditional Muslim clothing. They can’t reveal to anybody that they are believers, unless they trust them deeply. The consequence could be death.
Please keep praying for your brothers and sisters in Yemen. Your prayers make an enormous difference to those following Jesus no matter the cost.
Open Doors raises prayer support for believers in Yemen.
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.