The Sunni / Shi'ite conflict has increased
Christians in Yemen are asking us to pray for:
Yemen is one of the oldest inhabited areas of the world. The country was once part of the Kingdom of Sheba (the famed Spice Route) whose queen brought rare and costly gifts to King Solomon. When Islam was born in the seventh century, Yemen was one of the first countries to follow the new religion and is home to two of the oldest mosques in the world.
For a number of years Yemen was divided. South Yemen was the world’s only Arab Marxist state. North Yemen was more traditional and tribal. After a brief civil war in 1994, the South was defeated and the country was united.
Yemen is by far the poorest country in the Arabian Peninsula. It has always struggled with poverty and underdevelopment, but the current civil war has devastated the country, killing over 6000 people and displacing 3 million from their homes. The good news is that many are coming to faith in Christ. There are more believers in Yemen than in any other country in the Arabian Peninsula, an amazing work of God since Yemen is one of the most Islamic countries in the world today.