COVID-19 cases have surged again in China with millions of people living under strict lockdown restrictions. This has resulted in the closure of some factories, and the disruption of the transport of goods across the country towards ports. Rising costs of living around the world, the long-term impact of the pandemic, made worse by things like the war in Ukraine which drives prices up, even more, means some analysts are pointing toward a possible global recession. Pray for God’s power to be at work in China, in its government and leadership, and in its millions of people. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (The Bible, Revelation 1:8).
President Guelleh of Djibouti has pointed out his achievements in a recent interview. Djibouti was hailed by the World Health Organization for its meticulous management of the Covid-19 pandemic. The country’s geostrategic location was used by the government to build an attractive logistical hub for military bases and foreign direct investment to boost the economy. Djibouti, despite the country’s successes, is fragile as the country is suffering from over-indebtedness, a difficult business environment, endemic poverty, and unemployment. Tragically freedom restrictions are prevalent. Djibouti Ministry of Health is concerned about children and will launch two nationwide polio vaccination campaigns. About 150 000 children will be immunized to protect them from the contagious disease. Pray for the churches to be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Pray for the lives of children to be preserved by the awesome power of God (The Bible, Ephesians 6:10).