Urdu in Saudi Arabia

Photo Source:  Muzaffar_Somro - Pixabay  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source:  People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Urdu
Country: Saudi Arabia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 776,000
World Population: 2,112,900
Primary Language: Urdu
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


Urdu speakers who live and work in Saudi Arabia are not exactly a people group in the usual sense. They are collection of peoples from many countries who share the common language of Urdu. Some Urdu language users work at the highest level of Saudi society. Others are day laborers who do not read. All come to Saudi Arabia looking for economic opportunities. Many send money home to support their families.

Ministry Obstacles

If it becomes known to the Saudi government that an Urdu speaking Muslim has become a Christian, he will be arrested. He may be tortured, expelled or killed for his belief.

Outreach Ideas

Radio broadcasts in Urdu can share the news about Jesus. Believers who are working in Saudi Arabia can very discreetly tell the Urdu speakers about Jesus in small social settings.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There may be no Urdu speaking believers in Saudi Arabia. If a few exist, pray that they would grow spiritually and be hidden from the Saudi authorities.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Ask the Lord to use radio and literature to bring many Urdu speakers in Saudi Arabia to Christ.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Urdu speaker peoples.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive them towards the only Savior.

Text Source:   Keith Carey