Day 13

DECEMBER | 2022

Nepal

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

An earthquake measuring 5.6 resulted in the deaths of at least 6 people in Western Nepal. Several smaller earthquakes within the month caused a great deal of fear among many who are still recovering from the effects of the devastating earthquake in 2015. Some infrastructure damaged in that earthquake remains unrepaired due to bureaucratic processes that make access to the needed funds incredibly slow. Pray that the hope and peace that Jesus brings will be experienced by many this Christmas season. Pray that the Gospel will be effectively presented this month (The Bible, Romans 1:16).

Source: Nepal earthquake kills at least six villagers, rattles New Delhi (Reuters)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Nepal is famous for the world’s tallest mountain range.  Recovery from the devastating 2015 earthquake continues to be hampered by political infighting which has prevented the release of funds that were pledged. An extremely poor country, Nepal’s economy relies on international aid and tourism which suffered tremendously during the COVID-19 pandemic. Human trafficking and corruption remain major problems. Nepal and India are the world’s only Hindu-majority nations. Despite this, Nepal is officially a secular nation and freedom of religion was enacted in 2006, but persecution has intensified. Five years ago, new laws were introduced to prevent religious conversion. Only a few Nepali Christians have been charged and convicted under these laws, and a hand full of expatriate workers expelled.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Sher Bahadur Deuba
POPULATION
31,551,000
CHRISTIANS
0.9%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Hinduism
PERSECUTION RANKING
34
REFUGEES
39,012
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67.52 yrs
LITERACY RATE
66%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
25.2%

Day 13

DECEMBER | 2022

United Arab Emirates

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The UAE’s Unemployment Insurance Scheme has been implemented for Emirati and foreign nationals employed in private and public sectors. The scheme provides financial support to workers in the private and public sector in case of employment termination. Individuals who register under this scheme can claim a monthly allowance for a three-month period from the date their employment ended. Investors, temporary contract workers, domestic workers, individuals aged 18 or below and retired individuals receiving a pension are not eligible for the program. Individuals must work and subscribe to the scheme for at least 12 months prior to the termination. Pray for the employed within the private and public sectors. Pray that the laborers will seek God’s favor for the work of their hands (The Bible, Psalm 90:17).

Source:

https://www.fragomen.com/insights/united-arab-emirates-implementation-of-unemployment-insurance-scheme.html

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The UAE is a federation of seven states, on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula, called emirates, ruled by tribal chiefs called Sheiks or Emirs. The largest and richest of the emirates is Abu Dhabi with significant oil and gas reserves. The present Emir is Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan from 13 May 2022. Islam is the prominent religion practiced in the country. Apart from being the largest religion, it is also the official religion in Dubai, UAE. Around 76% of the population in the country are Muslims. Christians represent around 13% of the country’s population. The population of Christianity in Dubai seems to be growing with increasing immigration to UAE. Both Catholics and Protestants have a significant presence. Christians in UAE belong to different denominations, from Baptists to Anglican and Coptic. There are roughly 40 Churches and there is a freedom to provide Christians land to build Churches in the country.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nuhyan
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
POPULATION
5,780,000
CHRISTIANS
8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
633
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.96 yrs
LITERACY RATE
77.9%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
19.5%