Day 12

DECEMBER | 2022

Egypt

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the country’s water resources could no longer meet the needs of the rapidly growing population. The government is nonetheless taking strategic steps to conserve the water supply. Sisi also announced that he is launching a new initiative called “Water Adaptation and Resilience” in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization. The Minister of Local Development announced that the country had entered a stage of “water poverty” according to UN standards. The Egyptian government is building a giant belt of lakes and parks deep in the desert. Creators call it the “Green River.” Pray that water scarcity that has become a critical concern for Egypt will be dealt with wisely. Pray for Egyptians to turn their hearts to Christ to quench their thirst (The Bible, Isaiah 44:3).

Source:

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/11/08/middleeast/egypt-water-scarcity-climate-cop27-intl-cmd/index.html

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Egypt stays in 20th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution with a slight increase in overall opposition to Christians. The current president of Egypt is Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Mostafa Kamal Madbouly is the Prime Minister of Egypt, serving since 2018. Although Egypt’s government speaks positively about Egypt’s Christian community, the lack of serious law enforcement and the unwillingness of local authorities to protect Christians leave them vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. Due to the dictatorial nature of the regime, neither Church leaders nor other Christians are in a position to speak out against these practices. Christians of all backgrounds face difficulties in finding new places for communal worship. The difficulties come both from state restrictions, as well as from hostility and face mob violence. Christians from a Muslim background often have great difficulty in living their faith since they face enormous pressure from their families to return to Islam. The state also makes it impossible for them to get any official recognition of their conversion.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Ibrahim Mahlab
POPULATION
88,487,000
CHRISTIANS
13%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
3.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
16
REFUGEES
261,741
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
73.9%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
25.2%

Day 12

DECEMBER | 2022

Uzbekistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Homes, businesses, and hospitals in Uzbekistan have been experiencing electricity and heating gas shortages much earlier this year than normal. One hospital was without electricity for five hours. People are concerned that the shortages became regular before winter even began. Pray for protection around the health and well-being of those who are poor and vulnerable. Pray for provision to last through the winter. Pray that Christians in Uzbekistan will take care of one another, building trust and community this winter as most of Europe faces a winter with energy shortages (The Bible, Philippians 2:4).

Source: Uzbekistan bedeviled by widespread energy shortages (Eurasianet)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The gateway from Asia to Europe, Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s most populous country. The lucrative drug trade flows through this gateway, yet the country remains impoverished. Reforms in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry that have been gaining momentum since 2016 appear to have essentially eradicated the controversial child and slave labor linked to the annual cotton harvesting. The reforms have also improved relationships with other nations in the region and brought a bit more openness to the nation. Although it is a secular state promoting Islam, the government opposes Islamization. With an “iron fist,” Uzbek leaders control Islamic factions. With that same “iron fist,” Uzbek authorities target Christian Believers and limit freedom for church gatherings.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Ulugbek Rozukulov
POPULATION
29,200,000
CHRISTIANS
2.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
21
REFUGEES
86,828
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
17%