Saudi Arabia has the largest share of oil of any nation as well as the very best technology in the oil industry. The Saudi Aramco Corporation is the world’s richest company. A few years ago Saudi Aramco topped the Non-Public company list with an estimated value of $781 billion USD.
The Saudis have developed a huge infrastructure to facilitate the drilling, processing and exportation of petroleum. Historically significant numbers of foreign workers and engineers were involved in the oil industry, but now about 85 percent of the official Saudi Aramco work force of 54,000 is Saudi.
Saudis are largely Sunni Muslims; from their perspective they are all Muslims by birth. Proselytising is not punishable by death, but by imprisonment and deportation (for some the loss of a job is as bad as death). Conversion is forbidden by the Qur’an and the penalty is death.
- The Scriptures say that the whole earth will one day be “filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14).
- Pray for the thousands of Saudis involved in the oil industry, that they could come “to know the glory of God in the face of Jesus the Messiah” (2 Cor.4:6).
- Many of them live in the following cities, towns, ports and drilling settlements: Dhahran, Ras Tanura, Jubail, Dammam, Al-Khobar, Hofuf, Abqaiq, Udhailiyah and Shaybah. (Please know that you are among only a small group worldwide who has ever prayed for these cities by name.)