Country: Saudi Arabia

Number of People Groups

44

People Groups Unreached

28 (63.6%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

34,194,000

Population in Unreached

31,017,000 (90.7%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

4.4%

% Evangelical

0.56%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

4.3%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherents
%
Evangelical
Est. Workers
Needed *
 Americans, U.S. 68,000 191,655,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 29.00 % -
 Amhara, Ethiopian 20,000 23,432,000 Amharic Christianity 90.00 % 1.50 % -
 Arab, Arabic Gulf Spoken 985,000 8,337,000 Arabic, Gulf Spoken Islam 0.20 % 0.10 % 20
 Arab, Bedouin 1,323,000 2,691,000 Arabic, Najdi Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.00 % 26
 Arab, Egyptian 611,000 64,198,000 Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Islam 13.00 % 2.00 % -
 Arab, Lebanese 339,000 8,992,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 31.00 % 0.50 % -
 Arab, Northern Yemeni 270,000 12,484,000 Arabic, Sanaani Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 5
 Arab, Omani 136,000 2,820,000 Arabic, Omani Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.10 % 3
 Arab, Palestinian 424,000 11,006,000 Arabic, South Levantine Spoken Islam 5.60 % 0.10 % -
 Arab, Saudi - Hijazi 10,540,000 10,623,000 Arabic, Hijazi Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.12 % 211
 Arab, Saudi - Najdi 13,627,000 17,007,000 Arabic, Najdi Spoken Islam 0.60 % 0.12 % 273
 Arab, Sudanese 166,000 19,771,000 Arabic, Sudanese Spoken Islam 1.40 % 0.13 % 3
 Arab, Syrian 173,000 15,756,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 4.00 % 0.10 % 3
 Arab, Tihami 152,000 4,403,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
 Arab, Yemeni 237,000 7,164,000 Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken Islam 0.10 % 0.00 % 5
 Armenian 1,700 6,497,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.70 % -
 Baloch, Southern 17,000 1,639,000 Balochi, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 British 35,000 53,604,000 English Christianity 60.00 % 7.00 % -
Deaf 171,000 46,963,000 Saudi Arabian Sign Language Islam 5.43 % -
 Filipino, Tagalog 950,000 37,773,000 Tagalog Christianity 93.00 % 8.00 % -
 French 34,000 50,163,000 French Christianity 61.00 % 1.00 % -
 Greek 3,400 10,263,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 136,000 878,504,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 8.00 % 5.70 % -
 Hindi 170,000 1,468,000 Hindi Hinduism 1.00 % 0.80 % 3
 Hui 34,000 14,063,000 Chinese, Mandarin Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Indonesian 102,000 9,861,000 Indonesian Islam 15.80 % 5.60 % -
 Italian 37,000 38,273,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Javanese 31,000 18,018,000 Javanese Islam 2.80 % 1.50 % 1
 Kabardian 27,000 1,977,000 Kabardian Islam 1.50 % 0.18 % 1
 Korean 176,000 80,755,000 Korean Christianity 36.00 % 16.80 % -
 Mahra, South Arabic 41,000 216,000 Mehri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Malay 17,000 16,960,000 Malay Islam 0.80 % 0.20 % 1
 Persian 238,000 41,340,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 5
 Punjabi 814,000 2,080,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 1.00 % 0.00 % 16
 Rohingya 312,000 1,819,000 Rohingya Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 6
Shahari, Jibbali 41,000 96,000 Shehri Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Somali 71,000 23,117,000 Somali Islam 0.33 % 0.00 % 1
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 34,000 1,474,000 Bengali Islam 0.40 % 0.07 % 1
 Swahili 404,000 1,759,000 Swahili Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 8
 Tamil (Hindu traditions) 68,000 2,707,000 Tamil Hinduism 12.00 % 2.00 % -
 Telugu 358,000 909,000 Telugu Hinduism 3.00 % 0.60 % 7
 Turk 34,000 61,293,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Urdu 757,000 1,860,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 15
 Uyghur 9,000 12,300,000 Uyghur Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  44 34,194,000       28   4.39 % 0.56 % 623 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 75,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 34,269,000                

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State Population People Groups Unreached
Groups
% Unreached
Peoples
Population
in Unreached
% Population
Unreached
Districts
Country:   34,194,000 44 28 63.6 % 31,017,000 90.7 % 0

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 289,169,000 845.7 % 97.4 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.0 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 753,931,000 2,204.9 % 70.9 % 24.0 % 1.7 % 0.2 % 2.5 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 200,922,000 587.6 % 94.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 2.8 % 2.3 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 116,286,000 340.1 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
34,194,000
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Amharic amh 1 0 Complete Bible
Arabic, Egyptian Spoken arz 1 0 New Testament
Arabic, Gulf Spoken afb 1 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Hijazi Spoken acw 1 1 Translation Started
Arabic, Najdi Spoken ars 2 2 Bible Portions
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 2 1 Bible Portions
Arabic, Omani Spoken acx 1 1 Translation Needed
Arabic, Sanaani Spoken ayn 1 1 Translation Needed
Arabic, South Levantine Spoken ajp 1 0 Bible Portions
Arabic, Sudanese Spoken apd 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, Taizzi-Adeni Spoken acq 2 2 Bible Portions
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Balochi, Southern bcc 1 1 New Testament
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 2 1 Complete Bible
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Hindi hin 1 1 Complete Bible
Indonesian ind 1 0 Complete Bible
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Javanese jav 1 1 Complete Bible
Kabardian kbd 1 1 New Testament
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Malay zlm 1 1 Complete Bible
Mehri gdq 1 1 Bible Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Rohingya rhg 1 1 Bible Portions
Saudi Arabian Sign Language sdl 1 0 Translation Needed
Shehri shv 1 1 Unspecified
Somali som 1 1 Complete Bible
Swahili swh 1 1 Complete Bible
Tagalog tgl 1 0 Complete Bible
Tamil tam 1 0 Complete Bible
Telugu tel 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Totals: 39 44 28   24 24 31 34 20

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.3 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.6 %)
4.4 %
Ethnic Religions
0.2 %
Hinduism
2.6 %
Islam
91.6 %
Non-Religious
0.6 %
Other / Small Religions
0.3 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
1.0 %
Independent
6.1 %
Orthodox
7.9 %
Other Christian
2.8 %
Protestant
10.1 %
Roman Catholic
69.5 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

Networking Possibilities

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There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Saudi Arabia. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Saudi Arabia
  • Christian ministry in Saudi Arabia
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Saudi Arabia Statistics
People Groups 44
Unreached People Groups 28  (63.6%)
Population 34,194,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.8%
Population in Unreached 31,017,000  (90.7%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 623
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 4.4%
Percent Evangelical 0.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 4.3%
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 84%
Continent Asia
Region Africa, North and Middle East
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code SA
Official Language(s) Arabic, StandardArabic, Najdi Spoken
Literacy Rate 95%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,710,000
Persecution Ranking 15 (1=High to 50=Low OD)

* An estimate of the number of pioneer workers needed for initial church planting among unreached people groups. Estimates are calculated only for unreached people groups and are based on ratio of 1 worker for every 50,000 individuals living in an unreached people group. Some workers may already be onsite. The country estimate is a summation of the unreached people group estimates. Many more workers are needed beyond this initial estimate.