Day 13

SEPTEMBER | 2022

United Arab Emirates

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The unique I2U2 Group of countries aim to harness the vibrancy of societies and entrepreneurial spirit to tackle some of the greatest challenges. It focuses on joint investments and new initiatives in water, energy, transportation, space, health, and food security. The Heads of Government of the United Arab Emirates India, Israel, and the United States, convened the first leaders’ meeting. The inaugural meeting focused on the food security crisis and clean energy.  The leaders discussed innovative ways to ensure longer-term, more diversified food production and food delivery systems that can better manage global food shocks. They reaffirmed their support for the Abraham Accords and other peace and normalization arrangements with Israel. Pray for the unified new way of collaboration with these countries to result in unity in the faith and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ (The Bible, Ephesians 4:3).

Source:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/07/14/joint-statement-of-the-leaders-of-india-israel-united-arab-emirates-and-the-united-states-i2u2/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The UAE is a federation of seven states on the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula, called emirates, ruled by tribal chiefs called Sheiks or Emirs. The largest and richest of the emirates is Abu Dhabi with significant oil and gas reserves. The present Emir is Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Islam is the prominent religion practiced in the country. Apart from being the largest religion, it is also the official religion in Dubai, UAE. Around 76% of the population in the country are Muslims. Christians represent around 13% of the country’s population.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nuhyan
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
POPULATION
5,780,000
CHRISTIANS
8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
633
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.96 yrs
LITERACY RATE
77.9%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
19.5%

Day 13

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Nepal

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

In the fertile south of Nepal, farmers have been facing a second year of inadequate rice harvest. Last year flash floods destroyed crops. This year a shortage of fertilizer and monsoon rains resulting in the inability to adequately prepare the ground for rice planting. Food shortages are expected later this year. Many farmers have begun leaving their farms in search of more predictable income, which in turn means there are not enough people in the agriculture industry which will impact the next year’s planting. Pray for a new beginning to break this cycle. Pray for better agricultural solutions to ensure adequate provision for the population (The Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1-2).

Source: Nepal girds for rice shortage amid delayed monsoon rains, fertiliser crisis (Eco-Business)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Nepal is famous for its high mountains and for its devastating earthquake that shook the nation in 2015. Recovery from the earthquake has been hampered by political infighting which has prevented the release of funds that were pledged. An extremely poor country, Nepal’s economy relies on international aid and tourism which has suffered tremendously because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Human trafficking and corruption remain major problems. Nepal and India are the world’s only Hindu majority nations. Despite this, Nepal is officially a secular nation and freedom of religion was enacted in 2006, but persecution has intensified.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Bidhya Devi Bhandari
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Sher Bahadur Deuba
POPULATION
31,551,000
CHRISTIANS
0.9%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Hinduism
PERSECUTION RANKING
34
REFUGEES
39,012
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67.52 yrs
LITERACY RATE
66%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
25.2%
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