Day 5

DECEMBER | 2022

Bhutan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bhutan has launched a new national branding campaign that also encompasses its tourism industry. “Bhutan Believe” is the new slogan. The tourism is now again possible since the country closed its borders when the COVID-19 pandemic began. Tourists pay a $200 tax per day of their visit, which goes towards the nation’s sustainable development plan. Today we also speak out over Bhutan, calling people to “Believe” that Jesus Christ came to earth to make a way for Bhutanese people to come into a saving knowledge and relationship with God (The Bible, Acts 11:16-18).

Source: Here’s why Bhutan just gave itself a new ‘brand’ (Fast Company)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Known as “the Land of the Thunder Dragon,” Bhutan prides itself on its elevated “happiness” levels despite being considered a least developed country. Rather than relying on Gross Domestic Product as the leading indicator of the small Himalayan nation’s progress, the late King Wangchuk suggested it should examine its “Gross National Happiness.” In South Asia, Bhutan ranks highly in economic freedom and per capita income and ranks low in corruption. It has almost eradicated all extreme poverty and was the first nation to fully vaccinate its entire population against COVID-19. Yet, Christians are sometimes denied employment, free education, and access to electricity and water. Buddhism, mysticism, and animism have dominated the country since the 7th century.

CHIEF OF STATE
King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Lotay Tshering
POPULATION
741,700
CHRISTIANS
1.4%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
43
REFUGEES
23,833
LIFE EXPECTANCY
68.3 yrs
LITERACY RATE
52.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
12%

Day 5

DECEMBER | 2022

Saudi Arabia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Saudi Arabia is accused of detaining people for flimsy reasons. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has cracked down on speech on Twitter and elsewhere by those the government sees as critics or rivals. At least one US-Saudi citizen and two Saudi students in the West have received long prison sentences in recent months. Morris, an American woman was taken into custody after she tweeted and otherwise spoke out about her efforts to leave the country with her young Saudi-American daughter. She was shackled in front of her 8-year-old daughter when questioned and was then released. Pray for Saudi Arabia to repent of crimes and realize that their own iniquities will capture the wicked. Pray for the oppressed people to be liberated by God from imposed bondages (The Bible, Proverbs 5:22).

Source:

https://indianexpress.com/article/world/american-woman-freed-in-saudi-arabia-travel-ban-remains-8261989/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

As persecution is on the rise, Saudi Arabia moved to 11th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Mohammed bin Salman is the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam, has outlawed Churches and punished Christian worship for decades. The kingdom’s 1.4 million Christians meet in secret places. According to the human rights report, Saudi Arabia held the presidency of the G20 in 2020 despite the country’s longstanding human rights abuses. The Saudi-led coalition continued a military campaign against the Houthi rebel group in Yemen that has included scores of unlawful airstrikes that killed and wounded thousands of civilians. The majority of the Christians in Saudi Arabia are foreigners who temporarily live and work in the country. They are severely restricted in sharing their Christian faith with Muslims and in gathering for worship, which entails the risk of detention and deportation.

CHIEF OF STATE
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
POPULATION
33 million
CHRISTIANS
4.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
14
REFUGEES
70,661
LIFE EXPECTANCY
74.8 yrs
LITERACY RATE
87.2%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown