Day 31

DECEMBER | 2021

East Timor

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

This month we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World. Many in East Timor have a nominal Catholic background. How we pray that many will have a profound, life-changing encounter with the real, living, power of God this Christmas time. Pray that the Holy Spirit will draw people into a relationship with Himself that leads to repentance, forgiveness, and transformation. Pray that churches will be renewed, and back-sliders will return to the Lord. Pray that the Light of the World will shine brightly in the lives of those who love and follow Jesus (The Bible, John 1:9).

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The country, also known as Timor-Leste, had a bloody 24-year resistance against Indonesian occupiers, gaining independence officially in 2002. In stark contrast to this turbulent past, East Timor peacefully transferred power to a younger generation of leaders in the 2017 presidential elections. However, the nation has failed to form a secure, strong government since the 2018 parliamentary elections. The membership of the governing coalition changed again in 2020. Half of the country, with a population of only 1.3 million people, still lives in extreme poverty. High levels of youth unemployment fuel gang violence. With around 95% of its population being Roman Catholic, it is one of only two predominantly Christian nations in Southeast Asia. Churches face no persecution.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Taur Matan Ruak
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Rui Maria de Araújo
POPULATION
1,231,000
CHRISTIANS
88.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Christianity
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
6
LIFE EXPECTANCY
69.22 yrs
LITERACY RATE
58.6%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
41%