Day 15

MAY | 2022

Iraq

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Iraq occasionally suffers from dust storms. The recent one was huge that shrouded major cities of the country. Much of the country was swept through and it disrupted traffic and aviation. People were affected by respiratory problems, and many were hospitalized. Iraq’s meteorological office stated that such dust storms are frequently happening because of severe drought, desertification, and decreased rainfall. Iraq is concerned with

Al-Hol camp for displaced people in Syria and warns of the extremist threat. Pray for the displaced Syrians and Iraqi refugees in the camps who have links with the Daesh group. Pray for the terrorist cells to be dismantled and the terrorists to denounce hate and violence. Pray for God’s awesome power over Iraq that the greatness and majesty are manifested in the land and many to drawn to the Lord (The Bible, 1 Chronicles 29:11).

Sources:

https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/dozens-hospitalised-as-iraq-gripped-by-dust-storm-1.1649521540766

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2059851/middle-east

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Iraq is listed in 11th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Modern Iraq occupies what was once ancient Mesopotamia and the world now know Iraq less like a memorial to its vibrant history and more as a bloody battleground.  The current president is Barham Salih. The incumbent Prime Minister of Iraq is Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who holds most of the executive authority and is appointed the Council of Ministers, which acts as a cabinet and/or government.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Faud Masum
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Haider al-Abadi
POPULATION
37,056,000
CHRISTIANS
1.4%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
11
REFUGEES
4,026,483
LIFE EXPECTANCY
71.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
80.2%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18.7%

Day 15

MAY | 2022

Sri Lanka

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Sri Lanka is facing its worst-ever economic crisis. The inability to pay debts means the country cannot afford to pay for imported goods. Hyperinflation means people earn less than they spend. Food shortages due to a crisis in the agriculture sector mean starvation is a real possibility. Mass protests have rocked the nation. The entire cabinet resigned and the inability to form an interim government may see fresh elections called.  Pray for a righteous and God-ordained change to come in this nation. Pray for the preparation of a righteous government in the midst of this crisis. We declare that Jesus, who was crucified in weakness, was brought back to life by God’s power which is now at work in Sri Lanka (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 13:4).

Source: Inside Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis, people are dying in line for fuel (ABC)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Twenty-six years of civil war pitted Sri Lanka’s government forces, representing the Buddhist Sinhala majority, against Hindu Tamil separatists. The conflict resulted in upwards of 100,000 deaths. Although the conflict ended in 2009, tensions and accusations remain and promised truth and reconciliation commissions have not been forthcoming, and perhaps now seem even less likely. Sri Lanka has the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any predominately Buddhist nation. Extreme Buddhism combined with nationalism results in a surge of violent persecution toward all who are not Buddhist.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Ranil Wickremesinghe (Interim Caretaker Government)
POPULATION
22,053,000
CHRISTIANS
2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
33,170
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.56 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
8.9%