Day 20

NOVEMBER | 2022

Brunei

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Brunei has been struggling with an economic recession that looks set to continue. This year has seen record low production of oil and gas, attributed to maintenance on the facilities that couldn’t be carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a downward trend has been observed since 2006. As many in this nation have had a strong sense of security due to the economic wealth of the nation based on its natural resources, pray that this downward trend will cause many to consider their future carefully. Pray for an increasing openness to searching out the Gospel, and meeting Jesus as our source of hope for the future (The Bible, Proverbs 23:18).

Source: Record-low oil output drags Brunei economy deeper into recession (The Scoop)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Brunei has boasted a small but prosperous economy. Its wealthy standard of living surely contributes to the wild popularity of its sultan who provides free health care, housing, and education to his countrymen. The nation has begun exploring alternative sources of income as it foresees its oil reserves running out. Sharia (Islamic) law was fully implemented in 2019. The enormous international backlash against the death penalty by stoning for homosexual acts resulted in the Sultan reneging and claiming the death penalty will not be applied, but concerns about the fate of Christians in the country remained out of the spotlight. Propagating any other religion than Islam is illegal.

CHIEF OF STATE
Sultan and PM Hassanal Bolkiah
HEAD OF GOV.
Sultan and PM Hassanal Bolkiah
POPULATION
430,000
CHRISTIANS
11.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
5.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
39
REFUGEES
20,524
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.97 yrs
LITERACY RATE
95.4%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown

Day 20

NOVEMBER | 2022

Lebanon

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Lebanese banks to close indefinitely as hold-ups continue. Lebanon’s banks have been in crisis for months as depositors demand access to their savings. Lebanese banks have decided to close their doors to clients indefinitely amid an unprecedented wave of hold-ups by frustrated depositors seeking access to their savings. Banks in the country, mired in an economic crisis for more than two years, partially reopened under strict security after closure following a slew of heists by customers desperate to access their money. Lebanon central bank stops fuel subsidies, prices set to rise. People are ‘robbing’ banks in Lebanon – to take their own money. The World Bank defined Lebanon’s economic crisis as the worst the world has witnessed. Pray that the government implements the much-needed reforms. Pray for the Lebanese to seek God’s help to come out of the crisis and be saved by the grace of God (The Bible, Job 8:7).

Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/10/7/lebanese-banks-to-close-indefinetly-reuters

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Michel Aoun is the president of the Lebanese Republic and the head of state of Lebanon since 31 October 2016. The current prime minister is Najib Mikati, having taken office on 10 September 2021. Lebanon has suffered profound economic problems. The value of its currency has plummeted. Ramifications of the pandemic and its explosion in Beirut have added to the ongoing crisis. Unemployment and inflation have soared. Political turmoil continues. The emigration of Christian nationals is expected to heighten. Believers fleeing persecution in neighboring countries have commonly sought new beginnings in Lebanon, but the inability to find employment increasingly drives them to leave the MENA region. Christian organizations struggle to support destitute believers. In addition to Lebanon’s political and financial woes, another major challenge the country faces is the issue of refugees and the religious imbalance their presence represents.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Michel Aoun
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Najib Mikati
POPULATION
6,185,000
CHRISTIANS
32.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
1,167,189
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.9 yrs
LITERACY RATE
89.6%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
28.6%