Day 12

AUGUST | 2021

Uzbekistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Flooding and mudslides have devastated parts of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, destroying homes, and resulting in some deaths. Pray for the families who are grieving the deaths of loved ones, and the loss of homes and livelihoods. In these difficult times, we pray and contend with faith that the Good News of Jesus Christ will reach those who most need to hear it.  Pray that Christians in these nations will have opportunities to meet the felt needs of those who are struggling.  May the tangible love and presence of God lead people to salvation (The Bible, Psalm 41:1).

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. In 2018 Uzbekistan opened its borders with Tajikistan, which facilitated positive exchange between churches in these nations. Although it is a secular state promoting Islam, the government opposes Islamization. With an “iron fist,” Uzbek leaders control Islamic factions and target Christian Believers.

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
17
REFUGEES
86,828
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
17%

Day 12

AUGUST | 2021

Egypt

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Lord inspire the Churches to declare to the people of the nation of Egypt that God will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Cause the government to strictly enforce the approved harsher penalties for sexual harassment and related crimes and upgrade them to felony offences and curb sex-related assaults in a nation where women have long felt disadvantaged. Empower the Egyptian women activists to promote the legal amendments and initiate moves to strengthen laws protecting women in the socially conservative, Muslim-majority nation. Lord make the partnering efforts of the Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population with the Chinese firm Sinovac as a part of Egypt’s strategy to produce the first local batch of the COVID-19 vaccine (The Bible, Isaiah 2:4).

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MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Egypt remains the most populous country in the Arab world and holds great regional and global influence. Amid an increasingly repressive government, Egypt is terrorized by Islamic extremism. Egypt was a Majority-Christian nation and today it remains home to the Middle East’s largest body of Christians – the Coptic Church (12%). Evangelical Christianity is on the rise, though still only about 3% of the population. Yet Islam remains the state religion and the faith of 87% of its people. Though the Egyptian Church has endured persecution, recent instability and the presence of the Islamic State have intensified its suffering.

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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