Day 25

NOVEMBER | 2022

Oman

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

On occasion of the Prophet’s birthday, Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said pardons 325 prisoners jailed in the Sultanate for various offences. The Sultan issued a special pardon taking into account the plight of the families of these inmates. Sultan of Oman, who assumed the reins of power on 11 January, 2020, succeeding his late predecessor, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, has been issuing amnesty decrees for prisoners on religious and national holidays and occasions. Pray for the pardoned people to be thankful to God for the new lease of life and develop good attitudes and not to indulge anymore in any harmful offences. Pray for these people to shun evil ways and switch from sinful living and submit to God for a changed way of living(The Bible, Romans 6:23).

Source:

https://www.siasat.com/omans-sultan-pardons-325-prisoners-on-occasion-of-prophets-birthday-2430008/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

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.

CHIEF OF STATE
Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said
HEAD OF GOV.
POPULATION
4,613,241
CHRISTIANS
6.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
44
REFUGEES
5,000
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
93%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown

Day 25

NOVEMBER | 2022

Kazakhstan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Kazakhstan is using Russia’s war with Ukraine as an opportunity to distance itself from the former Soviet power. Not even one single Kazakh official has expressed any support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and have not helped Russia in any way to get around the effects of the international sanctions. Kazakhstan’s government instead has been strengthening ties with other nations and has been making speeches about the need for greater reforms ahead of presidential elections later this year. Pray for protection over every effort to stand apart from Russia’s influence in the region. Pray for protection over every effort to move towards reforms (The Bible, Deuteronomy 32:4).

Source: Kazakhstan Is Breaking Out of Russia’s Grip (Foreign Policy) and We’re moving full speed ahead toward reform (Politico)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

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.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Alihan Smaiylov
POPULATION
18,157,000
CHRISTIANS
21.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
41
REFUGEES
7,764
LIFE EXPECTANCY
70.55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
5.3%