Day 30

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Eritrea

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia despite having UN permission to remain there are targeted for arbitrary arrest and forcible relocation to war-torn parts of the country. Government security officers are accused of rounding up, abusing and unlawfully detaining refugees who have legal status, as well as Eritreans who have foreign citizenship. Other than the refugees, there were scores of Eritreans with European, Canada, US and UK passports. They face beatings, detention and privation, and blame UN for abandoning them. Pray for these Eritrean refugees who moved out of their country to save their lives and are facing yet another life-threating situation. Pray for the refugees to thwart arbitrary and indefinite detentions in inhumane or life-threatening conditions and to be protected (The Bible, Matthew 10:23).

Source:

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/jul/28/eritrean-refugees-claim-arbitrarily-arrested-beaten-detained-in-ethiopian-camps-unhcr

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Eritrea is listed in 6th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. His Excellency Isaias Afwerki is the president. Located on the Red Sea, Eritrea is governed by a totalitarian regime that seeks to control every aspect of life. Some have compared Eritrea to the “hermit kingdom” of North Korea, as it is one of the most secretive and isolated countries in the world. The government maintains tight control of approved churches, including their messages. Years of communism, required military service, and economic depression have forced many Eritreans, including evangelical believers, to flee the country. Eritrea has outlawed churches, arrested pastors, and continues to round up and torture Christians. Facing a hopeless future of menial army work, Eritrean young men are fleeing the country by the hundreds. Typical military conscripts face mistreatment, poor working conditions, and an endless term of service.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Isaias Afewerki
HEAD OF GOV.
President Isaias Afewerki
POPULATION
6,528,000
CHRISTIANS
48.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
6
REFUGEES
2,920
LIFE EXPECTANCY
63.81 yrs
LITERACY RATE
80%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
50%

Day 30

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Tibet

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

China’s ongoing commitment to zero COVID-19 means that rolling lock downs continue all over the nation, including the Tibetan region. In attempt to reduce public frustration, the lockdowns are now shorter, but life is still sorely disrupted. Some argue it is another way to control the public in places like Tibet where everyday movements are always monitored. Pray for a deliverance to come from the endless impact of COVID-19 and the government’s policies related to it. Pray for the Lord’s wisdom for those in government and leadership. Pray for a new beginning to come for China, including Tibet (The Bible, 1 Peter 1:3).

Source: Parts of China’s Hainan extend COVID-19 lockdown, Lhasa in Tibet tightens curbs (CNA)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Tibet is a Himalayan state considered a part of China. Many desire that Tibet is its own country. China massacred more than a million people in its reinvasion of Tibet many years ago, but freedom has never been restored and tensions remain high. Chinese surveillance in Tibet and of Tibetan people around the world is all-pervasive. Last year China introduced facial recognition technology to increase its control over its ethnic minorities. Tibet’s exiled Buddhist spiritual leader is the Dalai Lama. His followers see him as a living god, but by China as a separatist threat. China’s extensive crackdown on the Church has meant Christian missionaries are no longer free to function in Tibet either. However, a small Church continues to grow, and Christian resources are available online for people seeking to know more about God and to grow in their Christian faith.

CHIEF OF STATE
PM Lobsang Sangay
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Lobsang Sangay
POPULATION
7,800,000
CHRISTIANS
0.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
150,000
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67 yrs
LITERACY RATE
35.5%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
70%

Day 30

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Syria

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Tremendous change is obviously seen in Paradise Square in Raqqa in Syria. Five years after the Islamic State was evicted from Raqqa, it has begun reconstructing hell—inside the al-Hawl prison camp, which holds an estimated 56,000 prisoners. The fence around the roundabout used to be studded with severed heads, impaled on the spikes by Islamic State executioners. Residents, including children, would be gathered to watch victims being crucified or stoned to death, as western jihadists sipped on Red Bull. Although punishments by death are continuing sporadically, the execution place is drastically changed for good. Pray for complete freedom and a life without constant fear for Syrians from ISIS. Pray for Libya to be reconstructed and Libyans to repent and turn to God so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord (The Bible, Acts 3:19).

Source:

https://theprint.in/opinion/security-code/isis-is-growing-again-in-syria-blame-the-grim-deadlock-between-the-great-powers/1061844/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Syria is listed in 12th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution The current president of Syria is Bashar al-Assad and the prime minister is Hussein Arnous since 11 June 2020. Syria has been shattered and decimated by war, violence, and terrorism in recent years. Multitudes have lost their lives. Millions have been forced from their homes, leading to a mass humanitarian crisis of historic proportions. Civil war has become a much more complex and multifaceted conflict. The many warring factions are armed opposition groups, rebels, the Islamic State, and the Kurds. Numerous war crimes, such as the use of chemical warfare, have been reported on all sides, leading to unspeakable horrors among Syrian civilians. The Islamic State has capitalized on Syria’s instability and chaos and started taking control of huge areas across northern and eastern Syria. The terrorized people of Syria further suffer from the IS-caused terror, and the war has caused the displacement of over six million people within Syria.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Bashar al-Assad
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Hussein Arnous
POPULATION
17,065,000
CHRISTIANS
5.9%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
12
REFUGEES
7,947,655
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
79.6%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
11.9%

Day 30

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Mongolia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bolor Ganbold was once Mongolia’s first female cadet; now she is leading another new beginning as the country’s first female general. Ganbold was given the rank of Brigadier General earlier this year and heads the Military Training and Education Department for the Mongolian armed forces. She has served with UN peacekeeping forces in Chad, CAR and South Sudan and continues to work for the UN Peacekeeping department. Pray for Brigadier General Ganbold, that she may serve with integrity and honor, setting a good example for others around her. Pray for salvation for herself, her family and those she serves with (The Bible, Acts 4:12).

Source: People for Peace: Brigadier General Bolor Ganbold, Mongolia’s first woman General (UN)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Squashed in between Russia and China, Mongolia is a young democracy, allowing religious freedom. In recent years, the Mongolian government has struggled with accusations of corruption and the people’s protest movement grew demanding greater change. Mongolia’s economy continues to improve despite harsh winters that threaten the traditional lifestyle and income of cattle farmers. A third of Mongolia’s population lives in the capital, Ulaanbataar, while nearly half of the country’s workforce is nomadic. In 1989, less than a handful of Christian Mongols lived in the country, while now more than100,000 Christian Believers are thought to exist. In Ulaanbataar alone, there are approximately 200 Churches. In addition, there are small gatherings of Christian Believers in every province, but few Christian workers are focused on church planting in rural and remote regions.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene
POPULATION
2,993,000
CHRISTIANS
1.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
31
LIFE EXPECTANCY
69.57 yrs
LITERACY RATE
97.4%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
29.8%