Day 21

MAY | 2022

Qatar

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Russia’s war against Ukraine has caused extreme damage to the country and displaced millions of people as refugees. The situation is worsening with the escalation of fighting and turmoil. The Qatar government has decided to contribute an allocated $5 million as humanitarian aid to support Ukrainian refugees. It also aids the support and solidarity of the international community by extending help. The importance of family and relationships is gaining momentum as the Ministry of Social Development and Family is preparing to celebrate “Family Day in Qatar,” on April 15 of each year. Pray that the kind gesture of Qatar and the humanitarian aids from other countries help ease the catastrophic condition in Ukraine.  Pray for the families in Qatar to realize that God’s great power is available to them. Pray for the Christian Believers in Qatar to proclaim Jesus the all-powerful God who has made them part of Your eternal family when they trusted in Him(The Bible, 2 Timothy 1:7).

Sources:

https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/10/04/2022/qatar-provides-5m-to-ukrainian-refugees-reminds-world-of-syrian-and-palestinian-refugees

https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/11/04/2022/qatar-to-celebrate-family-day-on-april-15

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Qatar is listed in 29th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Qatar is an absolute monarchy ruled by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani the Emir. The State of Qatar, unlike many other Middle Eastern nations, has successfully avoided the unrest and violence of the Arab Spring. The peninsula nation bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia was part of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire and then operated under British protection. Nearly 80% of the population is Muslim, and it is forbidden to criticize the ruling family or Islam or to share the Gospel. Many expatriates have been forced to leave the country as a result of speaking about Christ.

CHIEF OF STATE
Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani
POPULATION
2,195,000
CHRISTIANS
6.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.8%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
29
REFUGEES
1,421
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.58 yrs
LITERACY RATE
96.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown

Day 21

MAY | 2022

Turkmenistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

In March, Turkmenistan went to the polls to elect its president. The outcome was predictable, with the former president’s son, Serdar Berdymukhamedov, winning over 70 percent of the votes to become the nation’s third president. Pray for the salvation of the new president and his extended family. Pray that he will be able to come out from under the influence of his father and lead the nation with integrity. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in Tajikistan and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen (The Bible, Ephesians 3:20-21).

Source: Berdymukhamedov passes the mantle (Eurasianet)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Although a country with mighty oil and gas reserves, the past two years its struggling economy has resulted in widespread food shortages. Turkmenistan makes its name as one of the most isolated and consolidated authoritarian regimes in the world. It lacks basic freedoms, judicial independence, and accountable institutions, and it discriminates against ethnic minorities. Turkmenistan’s dictator seeks to control every aspect of life. The government justifies its tough methods by a need to prevent an escalation of radical Islam. Though Turkmenistan has a persecution ranking of only 19, the country is still one of the world’s most oppressive.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
HEAD OF GOV.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
POPULATION
5,231,000
CHRISTIANS
3.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
23
REFUGEES
7,546
LIFE EXPECTANCY
69.78 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
30%