Thousands of Somali cadets are undergoing vigorous training in the military camps in Eritrea for skills building in the navy and air force. Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud went to Eritrea to visit them for the fourth time. The Somali leader was thankful for Eritrea’s contributions to Somalia’s peace-building, calling it a brotherly country. But their stay had elicited serious rumors, including claims they had participated in the Ethiopian war in Tigray. Pray for Eritrean Churches to spread the light of the Gospel and strive for peace and protection in the country (The Bible, Matthew 10:23).
UN Special Rapporteurs released a report that expresses concerns for the million Tibetan children who are forcibly removed from their families and sent to boarding schools far away. The purpose is to indoctrinate Tibetan children in Chinese culture and language. Lift these children to the Lord and ask Him to draw near to them and reveal Himself to them in dreams and visions. Pray for God’s emotional healing and protection for Tibetan children and their families impacted by the traumatic practices of the Chinese government. Ask God to defend the family unit in Tibet and change this practice of the Chinese government (The Bible, Matthew 18:1-5).
Northern Israel faced multiple mortar hits launched from Syria. In response, Israel hit back with artillery strikes. The exchange of shelling by Syria and Israel has increased hostility. Syria and Israel have conflicted for more than half a century, and these routine attacks are a continuation of that conflict rather than an escalation. Hezbollah, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s civil war, exchanged fire near Lebanon’s border, fuelling fears of escalation. Syria considers Israel an enemy, and the countries have been in a state of war since the establishment of the Israeli state. Pray for peace between Syria and Israel and the spur of fights to stop. Pray that Libyans will repent and turn to God so that times of refreshing may come to them from the Lord (The Bible, Acts 3:19).
During a visit of the Russian Prosecutor General to China, meetings discussed the concerns that China and Russia had about increasing Western influence in Mongolia. After the diplomatic discussions, these two nations instigated conversations with their Mongolian counterpart to see how to strengthen their relationships. Stuck between China and Russia, Mongolia has been carefully developing relationships with other countries and is keen to continue to do so. Pray that God will give the Mongolian government great wisdom to continue its walk toward democracy and freedom. Pray for protection over the Church in Mongolia, which is growing and faces little persecution (The Bible, Acts 4:33).