Day 24

DECEMBER | 2022

Libya

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The US special envoy to Libya, shared the frustration of Libyans over delays to the country’s long-awaited elections. Speaking at a news conference at the headquarters of the Libyan High National Elections Committee in Tripoli, he urged all parties to move swiftly towards producing a successful outcome. Libyans truly want to see progress on the issue of the departure of foreign mercenaries, foreign fighters and foreign forces. Oil-rich Libya is split by rival administrations, one in the east, backed by military commander Khalifa Hifter, and a UN-supported administration in the west, in the capital of Tripoli. Each side is supported by different militias and foreign powers. Pray for Libya’s current political crisis to cease and for a new government to be formed at the earliest time. Pray that the kingdom of God invades lives and communities, changing the future of Libya (The Bible, 2 Peter 1:11).

https://english.alarabiya.net/News/north-africa/2022/11/10/US-pushes-for-elections-and-stability-in-Libya

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Libya remains in 4th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for severe Christian persecution. Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibeh is a Libyan politician who is the current Prime Minister of Libya’s interim Government of National Unity. Incumbent Mohamed al-Menfi has been the president since 15 March 2021. The Libyan Prime Minister suggested holding parliamentary elections at the end of 2022 and to start preparations for polls in June. Libya’s government has been unstable for a decade. The situation for Christians in Libya changed drastically after the Gaddafi regime fell. The country fell into chaos, and weapons and Islamist ideologies flowed across the relaxed borders of Egypt. Islamist militia groups such as Ansar al-Sharia, the Nusra Front, and ISIS firmly embedded themselves in Libya and began to hunt down Christians. The world will never forget that on a beach ISIS beheaded Coptic Christians for their faith in Christ.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Mohamed al-Menfi
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh
POPULATION
6,412,000
CHRISTIANS
3.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.3%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
4
REFUGEES
399,935
LIFE EXPECTANCY
78.34 yrs
LITERACY RATE
94.2%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
32%

Day 24

DECEMBER | 2022

Malaysia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Malaysia held general elections in November. Since the 2018 elections, there have been three prime ministers as the nation has struggled to find stable leadership and governance. Pray for the new government to be touched by the Holy Spirit, to find His wisdom, and to know the truth and reality of Jesus Christ. Pray that this Christmas season, the many Christians in Malaysia will find creative and meaningful way to share the joy of this season with their neighbors and colleagues who don’t yet know Jesus as Savior (The Bible, Luke 2:11).

Source: Campaigning kicks off for Malaysia’s November 19 general election (Al Jazeera)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Ismail Sabri Yaakob was appointed Prime Minister last year, the third in three years. Political uncertainties have been the dominating factor in the life of the nation for the past 2 years and will likely continue to be so until the general elections are held, at the latest, in September 2023. Ethnic and religious divides characterize this nation. Fundamentalist Muslims carry a significant presence in Malaysia. Over the past decade, the government conducted widespread crackdowns to silence, harass and lock up hundreds of critics. A significant criticism of the way the government handled the COVID-19 pandemic has also been divisive. However, perhaps because of the pandemic, the last two years have also seen a significant increase in the number of prayer initiatives and watches across the nation, bringing together Christian Believers in united prayer for their nation and for God to protect and breakthrough.

 

CHIEF OF STATE
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Abdullah of Pahang
HEAD OF GOV.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin
POPULATION
30,514,000
CHRISTIANS
8.4%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
3.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
46
REFUGEES
270,621
LIFE EXPECTANCY
74.75 yrs
LITERACY RATE
93.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
3.8%