Christianity in Kuwait المسيحية بالكويت

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Kuwait Before Islam

Before the spread of Islam in the seventh century, Eastern Arabia and the Gulf region was truly at the crossroads of religious belief. The population consisted of nomadic tribes that were Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian or pagan, influenced by the variety of religious beliefs found in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Persia. The prominence of these faiths, however, dwindled when the majority of the Arab tribes embraced Islam by force. By the late seventeenth century, the Bani Khalid tribe had gained control over Eastern Arabia, and in building the first city that lies in present day Kuwait,
began to establish the permanence that Islam has maintained in the area until today.

Religious Freedom

Islam is the state religion; although the Constitution provides for freedom of religion, the Government places some limits on this right. The Constitution also provides that the State protect the freedom to practice religion in accordance with established customs, “provided that it does not conflict with public policy or morals.” The Constitution states that Shari’a (Islamic law) is “a main source of legislation.”

Christians and other religious minorities enjoy an unusual amount of religious freedom. Kuwait truly exemplifies the words of its constitution, which states that “freedom of belief is absolute,” and that “the State protects the freedom of practicing religion in accordance with established customs, provided that it does not conflict with public policy or morals.” The Christian community’s history in Kuwait began in the early 1900′s with a number of humanitarian projects conducted by missionaries from the Reformed Church of America. Most notable among them was the establishment of a hospital (“the American Hospital” is still fondly remembered by older Kuwaitis).

First Church In Kuwait

In 1931, the first church in Kuwait was built on a parcel of land granted to the hospital, where the National Evangelical Church stands today. Also many Bookshops were selling the bible and many Kuwaiti Families were buying it. Suddenly, without known reasons, the Government stops selling the bible in 1951 at the street corners and the book stores.

The oil boom had attracted many foreigners to Kuwait, thereby expanding the Christian community, and two more churches were constructed, one of them Roman Catholic. Today, the state authorities officially recognize three principal churches: the National Evangelical Church of Kuwait (Protestant),  the Roman Catholic Church and the Roman Orthodox Church. Smaller churches generally ally themselves with one of these larger “umbrella” churches.

Kuwaiti Christians Families

There are some 350 Kuwaiti Christians by birth today, most of whom belong to 12 large families ,A landmark occurrence for Kuwait’s Evangelical community was the ordination of a Kuwaiti citizen as priest and pastor of National Evangelical Church on January 8, 1999. Emmanuel Benjamin Gharib, born in Kuwait in 1950 and educated in Egypt, is the first Gulf Arab to become head of any Protestant church. “We all feel proud of being Kuwaitis,” he declared. “We were among those who stayed here during the Iraqi occupation.” Gharib told the Kuwaiti press that he planned to initiate Muslim-Christian dialogues in order “to show love for our home which has nearly 200 Christian citizens.” The Evangelical Church embraces more than 40 Evangelical denominations and is frequented by a diverse community of about 16,000 worshippers throughout the week.

Churches in Kuwait

Most of the Christian faithful come from the expatriate population in the State of Kuwait. The number of Christians presently in Kuwait after 55 years since its modest beginnings is roughly 400,000.:

-The Catholic Vicariate is largely made up of Asians from India, the Philipines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Arab Christians from Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Syria which make up roughly 75,000 members (Maronite Christians also worship at the Catholic cathedral in Kuwait city).

-The Anglican (Episcopalian) Church, has around 115 members (several thousand other Christians use the Anglican Church for worship services).

-The National Evangelical Church (Protestant), with 3 main congregations (Arabic, English, and Malayalee) has around 16,000 members (several other Christian denominations also worship at the National Evangelical Church Compound).

-The Greek Orthodox Church (referred to locally as the “Roman Orthodox” Church), has 3,500 members

-The Armenian Orthodox Church, has 4,000 members.

-The Coptic Orthodox Church, has 60,000 members.

-The Greek Catholic (Eastern Rite) Church membership totals are unavailable

There are other Christian denominations in the country, with tens of thousands of members. These denominations include Seventh-Day Adventists, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), Marthoma, and the Indian Orthodox Syrian Church

Prayer Points:

1- Christian Book Stores
Pray that the Holy Spirit to reveal the reasons for closing those book stores in Kuwait at 1951. Pray that the Lord will open the door again and allow opening a new book stores, that sells the Bible in Kuwait Major Malls not only inside the Churches.

2- Kuwaiti Nationality:
in 1981 the Islamic Party managed to make a law that gives the Kuwaiti Nationality only for Muslims. pray that this law will be Cancelled and Christian believers can get the Kuwaiti Nationality.

3- Immigrations Laws /Sponsors
By law, you could not stay in Kuwait without a Kuwaiti sponsor, who controls you in the country and able to cancel your residency at any time he wants. We believe that this is a slavery spirit which controls the expatriates. Pray for breaking this spirit and changing the immigrations laws .

4- Religious freedom
Pray for new laws that gives people the freedom to choose their religion

5- Christian Families in Kuwait
Pray for Salvation to those Kuwaitis, not only to be believers but also Ambassadors for the Lord and Claims Kuwait for Jesus.

6- Pastor Emmanuel Gharib
Pray for Pastor Emmanuel to be a channel of blessings to the other Kuwaitis Christian and non-Christians .Pray for Grace & Favour for him to ask for new laws that support Christians & Religion freedom in Kuwait.

7- Christians expatriates Believers
Due to the minority of Christians in Islamic country like Kuwait, and the Sponsoring issue , the Christian could not witness their Faith Freely. Pray for new mentality for Christian believers that enable them to witness in their works and among their Muslim friends. Break the spirit of FEAR over their hearts

8- New churches buildings
Pray for the Government to give Lands to build new Churches.

9- Pastors of the churches
Pray for Unity among the pastors of Churches in Kuwait, to have one heart to pray for the Peace to this nation

- KUWAIT

Comments

  1. k.suresh says

    SHALOM TO KUWAIT IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF LORD JESUS CHRIST. SURE WE ARE PRAYING FOR KUWAIT PEOPLE.
    PLS LET ME KNOW YOUR PRAYER NEEDS.
    SAME TIME PLS PRAY FOR OUR COUNTRY.
    PLS PRAY, ONE OF THE BOY ON THE BED AND HE NEAREST TO DEATH AS DOCTORS REPORT. BUT WE BELIEF OUR GOD IS WONDER WORKING GOD. SO PLS PRAY FOR HIS HEALING. HIS NAME IS FHANI CHARAN.

  2. Coleman Chengo says

    WE HAVE REHABILITATED YOUTH SO WE NEED SOME SECOND COMPUTERS TO TRAIN THESE YOUTH TO BE SELF RELIABLE, PLEASE BROTHERS ASSIST.

  3. Rony Joseph says

    We believe in 7 Seal /7 Thunder Message (The Revelation Of Lord Jesus Christ) of Malachi 4 – Prophet William, Marrion Branham. Please contact us for fellowship or message information. Our Pastor is Bro.Joseph Coleman from New York City -Local Christian Assembly.

    Bro.Rony Joseph
    Kuwait

  4. JIJO MATHEW says

    Praise the Lord.I am from MUMBAI.
    I, too believe in 7 Seal /7 Thunder Message (The Revelation Of Lord Jesus Christ) of Malachi 4 – Prophet William Marrion Branham. Our Pastor is Bro.Joseph Coleman from New York City -Local Christian Assembly.

    • EDUARDO CANTERINO says

      AQUÍ TAMBIÉN CREEMOS CON MI FAMILIA EN EL HNO.COLEMAN
      DIOS LES BENDIGA DESDE EL PARALELO 43 SUR

    • Isaac Lewis says

      God bless you brother and I praise God for the stand that you have taken.
      Hold on, believe and experience the unfolding of God.

  5. John says

    I am john, doing charitable deeds among marginalized societies. I would like to join praying for kuwait christians. Kindly inform me updated informations. I request you to help us to work hard to fulfill the great commission of the Lord Jesus Christ. We have many prayer cells, we will pray for you all. God bless you.

  6. Mohamed Bazara says

    I am woendering , how many Churches are there in Kuwit, I am living in Denmark and I have a project at my school on christaian socity in the Arab / Islamic world.
    I really would appreciate that as I have to deliver my work within a week from today.

    Thanking you in advance

    • Kuwait Lover says

      Churches in Kuwait:

      Most of the Christian faithful come from the expatriate population in the State of Kuwait. The number of Christians presently in Kuwait after 55 years since its modest beginnings is roughly 400,000.:

      -The Catholic Vicariate is largely made up of Asians from India, the Philipines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Arab Christians from Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Syria which make up roughly 75,000 members (Maronite Christians also worship at the Catholic cathedral in Kuwait city).

      -The Anglican (Episcopalian) Church, has around 115 members (several thousand other Christians use the Anglican Church for worship services).

      -The National Evangelical Church (Protestant), with 3 main congregations (Arabic, English, and Malayalee) has around 16,000 members (several other Christian denominations also worship at the National Evangelical Church Compound).

      -The Greek Orthodox Church (referred to locally as the “Roman Orthodox” Church), has 3,500 members

      -The Armenian Orthodox Church, has 4,000 members.

      -The Coptic Orthodox Church, has 60,000 members.

      -The Greek Catholic (Eastern Rite) Church membership totals are unavailable

      There are other Christian denominations in the country, with tens of thousands of members. These denominations include Seventh-Day Adventists, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), Marthoma, and the Indian Orthodox Syrian Church

  7. Admin says

    Dear Brother , will you please update us of what you are doing now as a family we know is intrested to bless you with some blessings. Gos is good.

  8. Maryam J says

    Hello,

    I am a muslim but i do respect what you are establishing in Kuwait. As long as people are happy and content in who they are and what they accept i think its a good thing. I had no idea there were converts, it must be hard for them. I do have to admit that it makes me sad the people leave Islam, but as long as they find God and peace instead of evil, it can never be a bad thing.

    God Bless

    • Admin says

      Dear Maryam ..
      Peace to you ..

      i have been Christian for 25 years now.. and i never recieved such a comment from a Muslim person like yours .. I CRYED .. what you said is what we are praying for years .. a free will to choose .. To the know the TRUTH .. and choose how to go further in your life.. why should i be Christian bcz my parents are ? why should i be Muslim bcz my parents are? i am a free person ..

      God made me free to choose..Thank you so much for your comment.. i Pray that you to have the ability to choose .. to find God .. to have peace in mind .. and to be sure where you will spend your enternal life..

      Once more my sister .. THANK YOU FORT HE BEST COMMINT..

      God bless ..

  9. Maya says

    I love watching how God brings people together and changes lives forever :)

    I’d really love to get in touch with some Christian Kuwaitis/Khaleejis and talk to them more about their lives.

    Salaam Elmassieh7 Maa3aakom!
    - Maya
    mayouches@gmail.com

    • Admin says

      Maya .. God is Great … Please share with us your news and how can we pray for you. God is Good , please keep praying for Kuwait. Thanks

    • Admin says

      Hello Maya , or as you call yourself mayouches .. Thank you for visiting the web site and we agree that God is really changing lives specaily at the region of the arabian Gulf.

      Many Khalijis knowing Jesus .. through media , friends , internet , traveling , dreams & visions … etc.

      We as prayforKuwait.com , pray for the peace of Kuwait & all who lives in Kuwait , and the peace of mind will open the eyes and hearts to search for the truth .

      We really appreciate your visit to our website and we would like to know more about you & we also welcome you to write articles if you wish.be part of prayforkuwait.com

      Did you have a chance to have a holy bible? or geard about Jesus?

      We pray that God bless you and keep you safe.

      many blessings to you and your family

  10. Zainab says

    Hello every one
    Im 22 years old female, Pakistani national living in Kuwait with my family, I belong to a Muslim family. I want to become a Christian but the state of Kuwait forbids it and local churches can’t help me because they can’t go opposite to the law of Kuwait. Friends and family also doesn’t understand me they are all Muslims. I need peace of mind and guidance, Can anyone help?

  11. Zainab says

    Dear Admin
    Thanks a lot for your kind response, my email id is (sent to admin).Im waiting for your response anxiously.once again thank you so much.

  12. Renee says

    Dear to whom it may concern,
    I want to know if there is Religious freedom in your country? And do they have mass everyday? Do they have mass on Sundays? Please e-mail. Thanks! Renee

    • Kuwait says

      Brothers , Praise the Lord for Kuwait , Yes .. Kuwait has a freedom to attaend the Church and enjoy the fellowship ofthe body of Christ. If you need any assistance , we will be glad to guide you. Blessings

  13. Glenn A. Peterson says

    I am interested in learning about the Anglican (Episcopalian) Church fellowship. I am a U.S. contractor working at a U.S. Army base Sunday through Thursday. So, I am seeking fellowship opportunities which accommodate to that.

    Regards,
    Glenn A. Peterson

    • Admin says

      Dear .. We hope that you are still praying for Kuwait. Pleaase share with us if you have some thoughts or prayer points. Be blessed

  14. pastor patras inayat says

    Greeting in the name of Jesus to all of you.I am servant of The Lord Jesus Christ in Pakistan.our organization name is P CM (PAKISTAN CHRISTIAN MINISTRY )I start this ministry work in 1996 thanks Lord He is using me and Three other pastors. we are four pastors are working The Lord,s through P CM.Please pray for our ministry work.
    in Jesus,s Grace
    pastor patras Lahore Pakistan

  15. ravenous says

    hi , im a new kuwaiti believer in our lord jesus christ , not realy new , i have studied christianity in the early year of 2007 I WISH to visit the national church and joind classes to grow more and more with jesus christ , appreciate any kind of advice .. God bless you all

    • Admin says

      Dear Brother , how are you in you life with the Lord .. we sent you many e mails with no single reply, we want to hear from you. be encouraged and know that you are not alone. Blessings

      • ravenous says

        thank you for asking about me , now im growing more and more with our lord jesus christ , sorry about the email i couldnt see it maybe its delivered to the junk mail , please send again its realy a pleasure that i could use some help from you , i hope to chat with you soon .

      • ravenous says

        by reading , watching documantaries and the most important thing is feeling peace , feel like that i finally know that there is a loving god and i know that he is care about me , but unfortunately im doing all that alone .

    • ravenous says

      yes i can read arabic , i have download it thanks alot , actually i consider it a gift so thanks again , i promise to read it soon ..

    • Admin says

      Brother , if you have any thing you would like to share about at the wen site you are most welcome .. you can write us how you accepted the Lord Jesus .. Are you Arab or Kuwaiti? Much blessings.

      • Gisele says

        Hi…

        I have one question, i wonder know how is the relationship between Crhistians and Muslims in Kuwait?
        I live in Brazil now, but i have a great interest in knowing about the gospel in your country. Sorry for this questions.

        God bless you and your country.

      • ravenous says

        admin , thanks alot of being very helpful god bless you , and yes im a kuwaiti . soon i`ll share my story . one question , how i can email or even chat with you in private ? its realy a pleasure .

    • Sons of Ishmeal says

      we can help you .. please visit the links at the web and you will find many good teaching in Arabic , and we will pray for you as you are not the only one , but God is opening the eyes and hearts of many . we will pray for you Brother .Be blessed

  16. Mohamed Bazara says

    Excuse me sir, but are there many Arabs muslims hwo have converted to Christianity in Kuwait ? I am now working on another project to find out how many Muslim Arabs that have converted to christianity, I can only guss about the other Arab states because I have no idia how to get all Arab states christianity information, wonder if your good self can help me in this problem. Thanking you sicearlly for your help.

    • Christian in Kuwait says

      dear brother james rosse

      Brother James ,i am a christian in Kuwait, i do not kno how can i help you? you can visit the below link and you will find the directions for the Church and in case of you need any further help , i will be glad to assist.

      also if you are living in any place far from Kuwait City ( South , North ) the church have another sub-churches .. you can reach the place from the below link:

      http://www.tlckuwait.com/

      Youssef.

  17. James Reese says

    I, too, am an American living and working in Kuwait. I was interested in attending St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Kuwait City, but no one in that church had the least interest in helping me get there. I suppose those 115 members are sufficient for them. Some churches are very open, while others appear to be “closed.” St. Paul’s is one of the latter. At my church back in the States, I helped others without transportation get to church all the time. I would often drive 30 miles “out of my way.” I’m very disappointed that the leadership of this church had no interest in helping me to get to St. Paul’s even one time so I could learn the directions to it. I was told to get a taxi. And tell the taxi driver what? Thanks, St. Paul! Glad you have all the members you want or need! I have crossed this church off my list!

    • Admin says

      Hello … how are you Man of God , you are in our prayers .. Please share with us how God is good in your life in Kuwait. Praise the Lord

  18. Tara Prasad Sharma says

    I am from Nepal.I am a christian always want to be with christian people and fellowship.Being new here i dont know the church and peoples .Pleas help me to find christian fellowship. God Bless you.

  19. sherif says

    hey admin i have the same issue of zeinab and i realy want a contact person or someone to help as its so hard if u want and need something and u cant do it so i would like to share this with somebody or talk with someone take an advice so ur care will be highly appreciated
    waiting for ur reply

  20. Michael Mitra says

    I am a Bangladeshi christian. I want to know about Kuwaiti christians how they practices their faith in a strict muslim sharia law controlled society. Is their any seen and unseen dangers?

  21. Rashed AL Qaoud says

    Peace be upon those who follow guidance,
    I have been showing this website to my friends in the USA who were curious about the christian community in Kuwait. And i must say have been very offended and disappointed by the statement “the majority of the Arab tribes embraced Islam by force.” This is historically untrue and is not part of Islam for it is clearly stated in the Quran “There is no compulsion in Religion”. So I would highly recommend that whoever is responsible for this to edit the website.

    • Islam says

      Hi Rashed,
      Whether you like it or not this is the policy in Kuwait. So you have to follow what is commanded.

      Regards.

      • Jashim says

        By force believe something it is great danger because there is no peace the begging is threat . what will be the rest .Christianity is free to believe and free to receive the peace of God in Christ Jesus. May God open the eyes those people never know about Jesus Christ .God bless you Pastor Emmanuel Benjamin Gharib.

  22. Gundu SAMUEL goud pastor says

    Greetings in the name of our lord and saviour jesus christ.how are you?

    iam pastor g.samuel goud from india,andra pradesh state and nalgonda district working among the trible people,prison ministry,and hiv aids efficted childerns 25 members ministry.

    ihave given up my years of young life to his(god)service and refliecting his light to many tribes. iam an independent pastor working with no support from anybody because ilive by faith.ihave agreat desire to help many people to show the love of our god in feeding the orphans, widows,oldaged people and to d0 all the social work.but iam not able to reach it.for every christmas we supply cloths,rice and some home needs.specially for this year 2009 december i mean for this christmas god is forcing me to help 1000 people which is not possible with me but god can do this.iwas encouraged by this scripture jemes 1:27 it says that real worship is to help the pople in need.our church is literally weeping for god to do his will through us.my vision is toreach 10,000 members in my church ministry.

    this is the goal and aim of our ministry, so we need your co-operation and prays to work in his great vine yard.we expect all positive from you.me and our church is been praying for you in all our prays.

    Yours in his service,

    pastor G.samuel goud,

  23. beleaver says

    hi Admin and everyone wish lord bless you all

    i have the same concern as zeinab and i couldnt find anyone to help me and i realy need help so please if you can show me some help am also trying to get contacts to priests here in kuwait and i cant so if u can help ?? i know jesus can hear me and feel me and i beleave he will send me help so just if anyone feel he can help just contact me

  24. efren says

    May the grace of Our Lord Jesus be with us especially to these who are persecuted My heart is burning whenever i heard of christian being persecuted. But what to do jesus said bless are these persecuted Let us pray to our persecuted brothers and sister as well as to their oppressor that one day they will find Love in their heart. Amen

  25. Evangilist Waris Sohail says

    My brothers in the name of jesus I am very thankful to God is working in kawait I pray for all the Kawaiti christian that God give them wisdom and power of Holy spirit.
    Eve;waris sohail.

    • Admin says

      Dear Brother , we pray that you see God mightly in your live and minsitry. Please share with us your Good news.
      We want you to join us and pray for Kuwait to see GOD’S Glory , we need you to raise prayers to Pray for the Kuwaiti Students abroad to see the Lord. Blessings

    • Kuwait like never before says

      Dear Partner for Christ .. what God is doing in Kuwait is more than any man could think ….. God is using all the tools to make that Nation as per his heart. Churchs , visions , dreams , one to one , and sattallite.
      Please pray that the Kuwaiti church will stand firm and reach the other Kuwaities .. It is God who could make it.
      also pray for the Kuwaiti Pastor Emmanual , as God is opening chunnels for him to be a real witness for the Lord.
      We bless you

  26. AbdulRahman says

    It’s an amazing feel when you commenters post positive comments about a country that gave you full freedom to practice your religion. Of course, Kuwait is much much liberal than the other GCC Countries. We are proud that we have a government like the current Kuwait government. God bless you all. Happy New Year.

  27. Abdullah M ALNafisi says

    God bless U all , We wish peace not only in kuwait but in the whole world.

    Your post is very useful for my essay that Im doing about religious freedoms In kuwait.

  28. Simon Ruthoane says

    He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. What He did for Daniel He will do it for you. You are always in our prayers. He said He will never leave us nor forsake us and in the last days He will be in us until the end of time.

    Keep the faith.

  29. George vincent says

    From,George vincent
    Saudi arabia
    God bless u brothers & sisters in kuwait,Jesus is alive. His name is above the all other names [yahaushwa.(hebrew)]

  30. paul says

    Dear brothers from Kuwaiti, I was praying with my family and I heard the holy ghost compelling me to pray for the church of Christ in Kuwaiti. We pray that God’s hand will saveguard you to succes and victory in Jesus name. And join me to support my ministry of helping the vulnerable women and orphans in my country Rwanda. God told me when we join in prayers He is faithfull to provide our needs. Bless you all.
    Paul

  31. meshel quizada says

    hello evry 0ne i am meshel 24yrs old fr0m philipines i am the 0ne servant of our Jesus Christ. N0w i am here in kwait it is my first time to far away fr0m my family and my 1 bby. I w0rk here as Domestic helper i always cry because my empl0yer is very strict and also i always remember my baby N0w plz kindly help me pray f0r the security of my baby and have a g0od health and also to minimize the bad atitude of my mpl0yer…

    Thank u and G0d bless..

    • Born in Kuwait says

      Sister , you are not alone , many Kuwaiti families has a helper like you and needs your prayers , pray for the light of the Lord to shine at the hearts of your sponsers , specially their kids. Blessings

  32. Dana says

    St. Pauls’ Anglican Church, Kuwait is also officially recognized by Kuwait Government. St. Paul’s Church is provided a church by the Kuwait Oil Company and has bank accounts with Kuwait banks. The KOC is extremely supportive and St. Paul’s Church is valued as a presence in the Ahmadi Community. 3000 people in 20 congregations worship at the Church every week. All of those churches gather together each Christmas to celebrate in song and readings at a KOC auditorium.

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