Day 15

JANUARY | 2022

Sri Lanka

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bless Sri Lanka with the assurance that God’s sovereign plan always prevails.

Bless the authorities with soft, merciful hearts, and a willingness to engage honestly with the ethnic and religious communities in their great nation.

Bless the Church to rise up with a loud voice of intercession for Sri Lanka, humbling themselves and seeking God’s face.

Thank You, God, that You are building Your Church in Sri Lanka and the gates of hell will not prevail (The Bible, Matthew 16:18).

Source: WIN

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Twenty-six years of civil war pitted Sri Lanka’s government forces, representing the Buddhist Sinhala majority, against Hindu Tamil separatists. The conflict resulted in upwards of 100,000 deaths. Although the conflict ended in 2009, tensions and accusations remain and promised truth and reconciliation commissions have not been forthcoming, and perhaps now seem even less likely. Sri Lanka has the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any predominately Buddhist nation. Extreme Buddhism combined with nationalism results in a surge of violent persecution towards all who are not Buddhist.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Maithripala Sirisena
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
POPULATION
22,053,000
CHRISTIANS
2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
33,170
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.56 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
8.9%

Day 15

JANUARY | 2022

Iraq

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bless Iraq with a peaceful and prosperous future. May the new parliament of Muqtada al-Sadr, a prominent Shia leader elected in Iraq, lead their nation into peace and wholeness.

Bless the Iraqi government to improve the humanitarian situation brought on by the conflict with the Islamic State. Millions were displaced.

Bless Iraqi leaders with successful ways to defeat ISIS militants carrying out murderous attacks.

We pray for Christian Believers to choose to stay in the country. Reward them with Your grace. May they faithfully help the suffering come to Christ for inner healing and life to the full (The Bible, Proverbs 16:24).

Source:  WIN prayer points

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Iraq is listed in 11th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Modern Iraq occupies what was once ancient Mesopotamia and the world now know Iraq less like a memorial to its vibrant history and more as a bloody battleground.  The current president is Barham Salih. The incumbent Prime Minister of Iraq is Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, who holds most of the executive authority and is appointed the Council of Ministers, which acts as a cabinet and/or government.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Faud Masum
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Haider al-Abadi
POPULATION
37,056,000
CHRISTIANS
1.4%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
11
REFUGEES
4,026,483
LIFE EXPECTANCY
71.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
80.2%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18.7%
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