Day 30

DECEMBER | 2022

Tibet

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Lhasa protesting the endless COVID-19 lockdowns imposed by the Chinese government. It is believed to be the first protests held in the city since 2008. Those protests were violently squashed, while recent protests appear to have been peaceful. Lhasa had been locked down for more than two months when the protests took place. Patience with China’s zero-Covid policy is running out. Pray for peace. Pray for this virus to be managed well. Pray that it will not be an excuse for prolonged controlling lockdowns anymore. Speak out over Tibetans the truth that we celebrate this month, that God loves them so much He sent His only Son (The Bible, John 1:14).

Source: Rare Protests in Tibet Over COVID Lockdown (VOA)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Tibet is a Himalayan state considered a part of China. Many desire that Tibet is its own country in its own right. China massacred more than a million people in its reinvasion of Tibet many years ago, but freedom has never been restored and tensions remain high. Chinese surveillance in Tibet and of Tibetan people around the world is all-pervasive.  China introduced facial recognition technology to increase its control over its ethnic minorities. Tibet’s exiled Buddhist spiritual leader is the Dalai Lama. His followers see him as a living god, but China as a separatist threat. China’s extensive crack down on the Church has meant Christian missionaries are no longer free to function in Tibet either. However, a small Church continues to grow, and Christian resources are available online for people seeking to know more about God and to grow in their Christian faith.

CHIEF OF STATE
PM Lobsang Sangay
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Lobsang Sangay
POPULATION
7,800,000
CHRISTIANS
0.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
150,000
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67 yrs
LITERACY RATE
35.5%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
70%