Day 30

JANUARY | 2022

Eritrea

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bless the leaders and the government of Eritrea to tackle conspiracies disrupting peace and unity.

Bless Eritrea with freedom from repressive regimes and leaders who respect human rights. This is one of the most isolated countries in the world.

Bless Eritrea’s leaders with repentance. They violate their own law and indefinitely detain prisoners without trial.

Lord Jesus, we pray for the Eritreans to receive the power of the Holy Spirit and hope in God. During tough times, may they remain connected to You. (The Bible, Hebrews 13:5).

Source:  WIN prayer points

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

JANUARY | 2022

Tibet

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

We bless you, Tibet, in Jesus’ Name, that He may increase you with a growing hunger for truth-seeking and spiritual meaning.

Bless those who are struggling with their lack of national identity to find their identity firmly grounded in belonging to God’s family.

Bless Tibetans all around the world to experience a Christ-based spiritual revival this year. Pray that many will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Father, we ask that Your Holy Spirit move in powerful ways in Tibet, to build Your Church and see Your Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven (The Bible, Matthew 6:9-10).

Source: WIN

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

JANUARY | 2022

Syria

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bless Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, and the national leaders with the ability to rebuild their war-torn country. May Syrians restore their ruined cities this year.

Bless the war-ravaged Syrians returning to their devastated homes after years of displacement. May they have a God-centered restoration.

Bless the Syrian government to take decisive actions to prohibit the use of chemical weapons. May they abide by the rule of law.

Pray for new Believers converted from Islam to keep their faith in Christ. Pray for them to lead many of their friends to Christ (The Bible, 2 Timothy 2:25).

Source:  WIN prayer points

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 Wael Nader al-Halqi
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

JANUARY | 2022

Mongolia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bless those who have suffered during the pandemic to experience God’s peace, healing, and provision. Mongolia hopes the worst of the COVID-19 crisis is over as vaccination rates continue to rise and recent cases of the virus decrease.

Bless the authorities to know their need for a Savior.

Bless the Church with God’s strategy to reach Mongolia with the Gospel.

Our Lord in Heaven, You are the source of every spiritual blessing, so we ask You to pour out Your goodness on this nation this year (The Bible, Ephesians 1:3).

Source: WIN and Mongolians tentatively hope the worst of COVID-19 is behind them (Intellinews)

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 Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Chimediin Saikhanbileg
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%