QATAR — While Christian migrants are able to worship openly, native Qatari Christians are forbidden from having their own church or even entering one. Christians in Qatar are calling for prayers that the media coverage during the World Cup will provide an opportunity to reach more people.
Qatar has been one of the countries participating in the World Cup on the Open Doors World Watch list.
Gabr – Church Leader in Qatar:
“Because of the fear of the people, they cannot share the Gospel openly. There is now official churches, only a few. We are serving the Lord among 2.8 million different people from more than 60 nationalities.”
While Christian migrants are able to worship openly, native Qatari Christians are forbidden from having their own church or even entering one.
Christians in Qatar hope that the media coverage will provide an opportunity to reach more people.
Bishop Beda – Leader of a church network in Qatar:
“With this World Cup coming to this nation it will be a big, great deal opportunity for this nation. And there is always a great opportunity for Christians to do ministry here.”
“During the World Cup, for one month, we have a golden opportunity that the name of the Lord would be magnified and would be glorified.
“We believe that the Lord is with us. He is there, He will help us to build this temple.”
“We are waiting for your prayers and we have a big faith that the Lord is moving and the Holy Spirit will do a lot of miracles among us.
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