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).
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).
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).
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).