Day 12

JUNE | 2022

Uzbekistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Three gatherings were planned this year for young Uzbek and Tajik Christians to meet. Two have taken place with a third planned in a few months’ time. The purpose of the gatherings is to encourage young people to engage in discussions that help them grow in their faith and think about how they play an active role in shaping the future of the Church in these nations where Christians are a minority. Pray that these young people will be encouraged to grow deeper in the Word and in the practice of their faith. May the God of hope fill them with all joy and peace as they trust in Him, so that they may overflow with hope by the great power of the Holy Spirit (The Bible, Romans 15:13).

Source: Children Are the Future in Uzbekistan (ICC)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The gateway from Asia to Europe, Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s most populous country. The lucrative drug trade flows through this gateway, yet the country remains impoverished. Every autumn, the government requires over one million adults and children to pick cotton, ranking Uzbekistan second on the list for global modern-day slavery. Since the new government came to power in 2016, there has been an increasing commitment to reforms and improved relationships with other nations in the region.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Ulugbek Rozukulov
POPULATION
29,200,000
CHRISTIANS
2.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
21
REFUGEES
86,828
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
17%

Day 12

JUNE | 2022

Egypt

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

As a good humanitarian gesture, Egyptian authorities have freed around 40 unjustly detained prisoners during the last days of Ramadan. Among the freed are journalists, activists, and human rights defenders. Their families are happy after their tireless efforts for release. It was heartwarming to see friends and family of activists posting pictures on social media of smiling but exhausted prisoners. It is known to all that the Egyptian government practices extensive repression and there is a mounting domestic and international outcry for freedom of speech and liberty. Pray for the Egyptians to understand that there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because the Children of God belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit can free them from the power of sin that leads to death (The Bible, Romans 8:1-2).

Source: https://www.hrw.org/news/2022/05/04/concerns-remain-egypt-frees-activists-and-critics

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Egypt is listed in 20th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution with a slight increase in overall opposition to Christians. The current president of Egypt is Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Although Egypt’s government speaks positively about Egypt’s Christian community, the lack of serious law enforcement and the unwillingness of local authorities to protect Christians leave them vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. Due to the dictatorial nature of the regime, neither church leaders nor other Christians are in a position to speak out against these practices. Christians of all backgrounds face difficulties in finding new places for communal worship.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Ibrahim Mahlab
POPULATION
88,487,000
CHRISTIANS
13%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
3.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
16
REFUGEES
261,741
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
73.9%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
25.2%
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