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On May 22, Pastor Nemencio Bonton was deported from Qatar to his native Philippines without any reason being given. According to Middle East Concern, this deportation follows a letter he received on April 20 giving him 30 days to leave the country. Bonton was senior pastor of the Qatar International Christian Ministry, which ministers to expatriate workers in Qatar. He also worked as an electrician. Despite appeals from his employer as well as from the Chief Protocol Officer of Qatar's ruler, Bonton was deported along with his wife and four children. He had lived in Qatar for twenty years and had no previous problems with the authorities. This is the second confirmed deportation of a pastor from Qatar for religious reasons this year.

Pray for Pastor Bonton and his family as they make the transition to life in the Philippines. Pray for the church during this change in leadership.

Country Information

Qatar map and flagPopulation
2,363,569 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
non-Qatari (88.4), Qatari (11.6)

Religion (%)
Muslim (67.7), Christian (13.8), Hindu (13.8), Buddhist (3.1)

Leader
Amir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

Government type
Absolute monarchy

Legal system
Mixed legal system of civil law and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Qatar

Pray for the employment opportunities to be filled by Christians who would be an intentional Kingdom presence in Qatar.

Pray for outreach opportunities to the Qatari people.

Pray that Qataris who come to Christ will be free to worship, serve Him and courageously share Him with others.

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