World Watch Ranking: 46

How many Christians are there in Brunei?

There are 42,600 Christians in Brunei. They make up 9 per cent of the population.

What does persecution look like in Brunei?

The sultan is seen as the protector and defender of the Muslim faith, and leaving Islam is illegal. Converts can be punished under penal law, and families and communities will exert great pressure to "bring them back" to their original faith.

Non-traditional Christian communities cannot be registered as churches, but have to be registered as companies, societies or family centers. As such, they are treated as secular organizations and are required to submit their financial and operational reports to the government every year. Sharia (Islamic law) continues to be introduced in the country and implemented more widely.

Who is most vulnerable to persecution?

Christians from a Muslim background are the most vulnerable to persecution.

Meet 'Elora'

Elora was the only Christian in her school. She has faced a lot of questions and pressure, but still serves God through her church.

“Believers are not willing to take risks. Parents choose not to send their children to public church events either. Some of my friends have even said they don’t see a place for themselves in the church anymore.”


What has changed compared to last year?

The implementation of the Sharia (Islamic law) penal code has increased insecurity and fear among Brunei's Christian population, and has increased the pressure felt by Christians in public and private life.

How can you pray for Brunei?

  • Pray for pastors to be strengthened and continually equipped to serve and lead their congregations
  • Pray that young Christians would resist the temptation to convert to Islam so they can marry—ask God to encourage younger believers to remain in the country for the long-term health of the church
  • Thank God that He is more powerful than Sharia (Islamic law) and is not weakened by strict laws.
A prayer for Brunei

Dear Father, thank You that Your power is not impeded by restrictions to religious freedom. Please break through the legal obstacles and show Your love and grace to the people of Brunei. We pray for protection for our brothers and sisters, and an end to the pressures and persecution they face. Amen.  

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Persecution Level

Very High

Persecution Type
  • Islamic oppression
  • Dictatorial paranoia
Population of Christians
42,600 (OD estimate)

Main Religion

Absolute Monarchy

Sultan and Prime Minister Sir Hassanal Bolkiah

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