Day 5

AUGUST | 2021

Bhutan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Jude writes, “Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” Today, we contend for the faith that we know God desires all people in Bhutan to come to know. Pray for evangelists and church planters working in Bhutan to share the Gospel effectively. Pray that seeds that are sown will fall into good soil and that people will come to faith in Jesus Christ. Nothing is impossible for God, even a growing church in this isolated nation (The Bible, Jude 1:3).

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. 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. Yet, Christians are 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
33
REFUGEES
23,833
LIFE EXPECTANCY
68.3 yrs
LITERACY RATE
52.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
12%

Day 5

AUGUST | 2021

Saudi Arabia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bring conviction into the hard-hearted leaders of Saudi Arabia and make them rectify the human rights violation. Embolden the Church to fight against the atrocities done against people and defend the cause of the voiceless. While the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman was given the highest-level welcome by the US officials, make the Biden administration keep the word made during his presidential campaign of making a “pariah” of the kingdom’s crown prince over Khashoggi’s killing and other abuses. Lord, stop the renewed hostility of Saudi Arabia toward Israel as the Saudi move is part of an escalating competition with the United Arab Emirates for the mantle of regional powerhouse. Saudi Arabia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has placed it at the highest ranks on several international indexes. Make the kingdom bow before God, the King of Kings (The Bible, Romans 14:11)

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MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a rich history steeped in desert culture. That desert life was forever altered about 70 years ago when 25% of the world’s oil reserves were found beneath the sand. Mecca is located in Saudi Arabia. Approximately two million Muslims from Saudi Arabia and around the world arrive there annually for the Hajj. The Saudi government is also known to be a generous contributor to the propagation of Islam around the world. Despite this, many Saudis are very approachable on the topic of religion.

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
15
REFUGEES
70,661
LIFE EXPECTANCY
74.8 yrs
LITERACY RATE
87.2%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown