Day 18

NOVEMBER | 2022

Yemen

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The end of Yemen’s truce leaves civilians afraid dark days are back. The truce lasted for six months and expired on 2 October. Yemenis have had years to get used to the political and economic crises that have rocked their lives. When it became apparent that the United Nations-brokered six-month truce would not immediately be renewed, residents of Sanaa, the country’s rebel-held capital, resorted to tried and trusted coping mechanisms. People will lose the source of their income, and the resumption of the war will bring them hunger. Yemen, already impoverished, will find any more conflict unbearable. Pray that the continued failure of attempts to extend the truce will be overcome and the UN will sign parties in the conflict onto a new deal. Pray for a ceasefire that can decline civilian casualties and the displacement of people. Pray that the people will not be afraid or discouraged anymore (The Bible, 2 Chronicles 20:17).

Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/7/end-yemen-truce-leaves-civilians-afraid-dark-days-back

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Yemen has moved to 5th place in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors as Christian persecution has enormously increased. Yemen’s President is Incumbent Rashad al-Alimi since 7 April 2022. The Prime Minister is Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed. Yemen was historically known as Arabia Felix or the “Happy Land.” That’s because this small nation used to be one of the most fertile regions in the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen’s mountain ranges were welcoming sites for rain and agriculture. But today, Yemen is sadly the poorest Arab nation and is currently facing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Decades of war and unrest have torn this nation apart, leaving it crippled by long-standing social, political, and economic instability.  Most believers are first-generation. The majority of expatriate or migrant Christians have fled due to war and violence. Of the few believers that remain, most have converted from Islam. If discovered, they are often banished from their tribe or brutally murdered. Evangelism is against the law and those who do so risk death.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Maeen Abdulmalik Saeed
POPULATION
26,737,000
CHRISTIANS
0.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
7
REFUGEES
686,217
LIFE EXPECTANCY
65.18 yrs
LITERACY RATE
63.9%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
54%

Day 18

NOVEMBER | 2022

Vietnam

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Tired of China’s “zero-COVID” lockdowns and other trade tensions, many international companies such as Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics and Microsoft have been moving some of their operations from China to Vietnam. Cheap labor is a draw card, but corruption is seen as a problem. Pray that this will motivate Vietnam to expose and deal with corruption, cleaning up their nation in order to make it more attractive for international business. Pray also for fair wages and treatment for the laborers involved in factory production (The Bible, Luke 12:48).

Source: Vietnam eyes China’s tech crown as firms tire of ‘zero COVID’ (Al Jazeera)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Economic reforms launched in 1986 have brought about significant growth and development; its performance during recent years has been the fastest in the previous ten. Of its 95 million people, 70 percent are under the age of 35. One of the last Communist states in the world, Vietnam’s government exerts great power. The state enforces strict controls over political and religious expression. House churches remain illegal, and churches must register though approval is rarely given as Christianity is viewed with suspicion and considered a Western influence. In 2018 laws were introduced that were thought may improve freedom of religion. In some regions, churches have been encouraged by local authorities who noticed the difference in the communities where the Christians are active. However, in other regions, churches have been sentenced harshly for breaking the laws of meeting together.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Trương Tấn Sang
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
POPULATION
94,349,000
CHRISTIANS
9.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.8%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
19
REFUGEES
11,000
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.16 yrs
LITERACY RATE
94%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
11.3%