Share God's love with this small but wealthy community of one third national Kuwaitis and two third migrant, expatriate workers. One of the most urbanised countries in the world, Kuwait also has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, through its natural resources of oil, and links with overseas trade.
Kuwaitis have many economic advantages: a high standard of living, education and career opportunities. This ‘oasis of peace’ in the Gulf States is also a temporary home to many Arabic-speakers coming formerly from other Arab states but now largely from South and Southeast Asia.
It is easy to offer to pray with people here, as DJ, an international Jesus follower explains: “Every week at least one person breaks out in tears, saying: ‘Thank you so much, you have no idea how much it meant to me that you prayed with me today, that you cared about my family, that you listened to me.’”
Share love with people through professional skills: by working alongside individuals, serving communities, bringing employment opportunities that lead to safer workplaces. Share love by coming alongside the local community of Jesus followers respectfully, acknowledging the variety of backgrounds and revealing the real personality of Jesus to others.
Although three quarters of those living in Kuwait are Muslim, the government permits the peaceful co-existence of over 500,000 believers in Jesus. The government appreciates the love and care expatriate believers show practically to the migrant communities, resulting in mutual benefits. Jesus followers need encouragement to be available to pray with others and explore questions of faith gently. The environment is challenging, with extremely high temperatures in the summer, make them often tired and demoralised.
Kuwait has plenty of opportunities to give practical and emotional support for those coming to work in households and provide childcare, marginalised groups, and refugee communities, helping local partners to resource Yemenis living in the country.
Although challenging circumstances, international workers can live alongside national believers in Jesus, and those who have not yet met Him personally. You will always work to support local partners within the country, using your professional skills and personal faith to bless the people of Kuwait. Whether you come for a long, or short time, or whether you pray, or invest in lives through financial support, there are opportunities for you in Kuwait.