Living in the Arabian Peninsula has been an eye opener. I’m pleased that I had travelled a few times to other parts of the region first to help prepare me. There are fewer workers and a smaller number of believers compared to other Arab nations. Ministry looks different and is often less overt than in other parts of the Arab world. What surprised me was the apathy to discuss spiritual truth among my age group. Since Islam is imposed in this country, young adults are not as religious and conservative in their personal outlook on life.
Many young adults live a double life; outwardly religious but very different in their private lives. I try and highlight the contrast by sharing what a daily walk with Jesus looks like and how my faith impacts my behaviour and attitudes.
This astonishes people here as they assume that a young, single, man from the West is automatically promiscuous and loose on morals. This naturally opens up witnessing opportunities.