His Majesty the Sultan’s fervent determination, coupled with Omani people’s support to the leader of Renewed Renaissance, played a positive role in overcoming the challenges and revitalizing the march of nation building. This was affirmed by His Majesty the Sultan when he delivered the Royal speech in 2022 in which he said, “We are confident that you all perceive the volume of challenges that we have been through, that we have tackled with tact and patience and then, with the Almighty’s divine support, proceeded with the implementation of our social and economic plans and programs, inspired by Oman Vision 2040. As a result, our economic and fiscal performance has improved.”
Pray that the financial and economic improvements achieved by the Sultanate of Oman
Will help increase domestic growth. Pray for salvation of the Sultan and Omanis that many of them will encounter the power of God and accept Jesus Christ (The Bible, Psalm 34:5).
Oman is listed in 20th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. The Sultan of Oman is Haitham bin Tariq Al. The standard of living improved dramatically due to the discovery of oil. Omanis highly respect their Sultan and have enjoyed peace and prosperity under his leadership. Morden technology has vastly changed the lifestyles of Omanis. Smartphones, the internet, and social media command a great deal of the time of young and older Omanis. Oman’s population has doubled in the past 25 years and around 50% of the population is under 16 years of age. Traditional family structures are also changing. The conservative and traditional nature of Oman’s Islamic society, combined with material comfort, results in much resistance to the Gospel.
Kazakhstan gave Ukraine 41 powerful generators that will help provide stable electricity supply in hospitals as the Russians target power supply in the war in Ukraine. This has been interpreted as another sign of the weakening support for Russia among the former Soviet Central Asian nations. Praise God for this generous gift. Pray that the people of Kazakhstan will humble themselves under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift them up in due time. Pray that they will cast all their anxieties on Him because He cares for Kazakhstan (The Bible, 1 Peter 5:6-7).
Ukraine receives 41 hospital generators from Kazakhstan (Ukrinform)
A large country the size of Western Europe, Kazakhstan is the world’s leading uranium producer and the economic leader of Central Asia. Soviet-era nuclear testing and toxic waste dumping plague the nation as well as elevating drug addiction levels and HIV/Aids rates. Islam had a resurgence after the Soviet era, but more legal restrictions are being imposed on all religious groups. Unregistered Protestant churches and their Believers suffer the most persecution. Political instability and infighting between the ruling party and opposition groups have been the mark of the last three years. The impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine has been felt hard in the neighboring nations, with many migrant workers in Russia losing jobs due to sanctions, and the rising cost of living impacting the poor.