Nearly 1,300 mines planted by the Houthi militia in Yemen have been dismantled in the first week of 2023 by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center. The mine-clearing team removed a total of 1,282 mines planted by the militia across Yemen, including 6 anti-personnel mines, 123 anti-tank mines, 1,151 unexploded ordnance and 2 explosive devices, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Since the beginning of the KSrelief project, more than 380,000 mines have been dismantled. Supervisor General of KSrelief, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah, met with the ambassador of Thailand to Saudi Arabia Darm Boontham. During the meeting, they discussed the joint cooperation related to the humanitarian and relief affairs. Pray for safe living conditions of the people. Pray that the Lord will grant Yemenis a peaceful time of living in the country (The Bible, 2 Thessalonians 3:16).
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.
In what some are claiming is a major victory in the anti-corruption campaign that has steadily been gaining momentum, the president resigned from his position after the ruling communist party held him responsible for offenses committed by people under his leadership. Two former deputy prime ministers had already been dismissed from their positions in the party. Last year more than 500 party members were prosecuted, and police investigations were up 50% more than the year before. Pray for a cleansing to take place, not just in the physical world related to corruption, but also in the spiritual world. Praise God that He is a good Father who loves to give good gifts. Pray that God’s goodness will be manifested in Vietnam this year (The Bible, Matthew 7:11).
Source: Vietnam President Nguyen Xuan Phuc quits amid Communist Party corruption crackdown (CNN)
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.