Kerala Pentecostes to Bapticize Kuwait?

via HK Correspondent published on June 13, 2006

An interesting piece of news in a local daily shows that the local nationals of Kuwait are actually waking up finally to a danger that has been so far ignored.  

For years the Kuwait government has shunned all religious activity other than Islam and Christianity in the country. They have ridiculed the Hindu community and have often taken action also against their religious gatherings. Photos and even books representing Hindu deities are not allowed in the country.  

The news article reports on extensive campaigning by the Christian missionaries in Kuwait. People have been found walking around and handing pamphlets on the streets. These are mostly done by Asians (malayalees). The police have received complaints of people doing house to house visits with missionary material.  

Recently a group of people who were meeting jailed Asians were stopped by the jail authorities as their bags contained books on Jesus and other pamphlets to be distributed in the jail. The hospitals are also targeted by these missionaries. The aggressive conversion tactics are used by the Pentecostal church that has various divisions in Kuwait. In places like Jleeb Al Shuwaikh, these people now conduct prayer meeting whose sound echo all over the place, The maximum number of conversions also take place in these places. Conversion is done by offering jobs and money back home. You also find malayalees with names like Ramachandran Nair working as preachers. They stick to their maiden names so that it can be used to attract more converts.  

At a time when the Kuwait government refused the building of another church in Kuwait, they have started to notice the number of converts and the conversion activities in the country. The extend to which these people are going is scaring the nationals of the country. In a country where the government is battling extremist forces and orthodox Islamists they cannot afford another danger of this sort. Because actions like this can start retaliations. When the whole world is almost forgetting the cartoon episode, countries like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia leave a grim reminder by posting placards in the supermarkets that their goods have no Danish products.

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