Day 19

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Taiwan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

When the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, an incensed China tested missiles directly over Taiwan, again threatening with its military power. A ministry spokeswoman said that Taiwan rejects China’s “One Country, Two Systems” plan saying that as mainland China has never actually ruled Taiwan, it has no right to lay claim to it or decide its future; a decision that can only be made by the people of Taiwan. Pray that Taiwan may see a new beginning; a coming out from under the oppressive threat of mainland China. Pray for wisdom for all involved. Pray for peace over this region (The Bible, 2 Thessalonians 3:16).

Source: Taiwan Rejects China’s ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Plan for the Island (US News)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Although Taiwan has enjoyed relative independence for more than 60 years, China has rapidly increased its intimidation of the tiny island nation in recent years. China’s overall strategy continues to use both persuasion and coercion to hinder the development of attitudes favoring independence in the “rebel” Taiwan. China’s focus on building military strength is seen as a threat by Taiwan as it continues to maintain its autonomy. Taiwan has continued to foster connections with sympathetic international allies. With a strong economy, Taiwan is a leader in computer technology.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Tsai Ing-wen
HEAD OF GOV.
Premier Mao Chi-kuo
POPULATION
23,415,000
CHRISTIANS
4.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.5%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Ethnic Religions
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
Unknown
LIFE EXPECTANCY
78.97 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.29%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
1.5%

Day 19

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Bahrain

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bahrain has joined the UAE, Egypt and Jordan in this new partnership, which will focus on a range of economic investments in the region. This will bolster Arab economic integration as these are among the key economies of the region. The fact that the countries all have peace with Israel illustrates new possibilities for the Abraham Accords because trade is the key building block of a new peace. Bahrain has joined the Industrial Partnership for Sustainable Economic Development, boosting the industrial manufacturing value add of the alliance to more than $112.5 billion. At the same time Bahrain is voicing concern for the worrisome interference of Iran for long years. Pray for the Bahrainis to search for truth and good and new ways of living by accepting Christ. Pray for the country to overcome rebellion from neighboring provinces (The Bible, Ezra 4:15).

Source:

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-713056

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Bahrain is not ranked in the World Watch list because it is relatively religiously tolerant compared to its neighbors in the Persian Gulf. It is a majority Islamic country mainly with Shia Muslims, but the ruling family is Sunni Muslim. Hamad bin Isa bin Salman al-Khalifa is the king of Bahrain. The Kingdom of Bahrain is the most open island country in the Gulf region and opened its doors to some Christian influence. The constitution of Bahrain officially grants freedom of religion, but a provision also states that this freedom cannot violate established customs, policy, or morals, all of which are influenced by Islam.

CHIEF OF STATE
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
POPULATION
1,347,000
CHRISTIANS
8.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.3%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
353
LIFE EXPECTANCY
78.73 yrs
LITERACY RATE
94.6%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown