Day 15

AUGUST | 2021

Sri Lanka

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Strict lockdown measures have been in place since May to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. However, trade unions and health inspectors report that garment manufacturing factories were ordered to remain open. This has resulted in outbreaks in the factories and the boarding houses where many workers live. Job speaks of horses that God has created who recognize the blast of the trumpets, the shouts of the commander and the call to battle. Today, how much more do we hear the call to battle in prayer? We respond by asking God to intervene in our world, struggling under the weight of the pandemic. We pray for the vulnerable, like factory workers, for mercy to abound (The Bible, Job 39:25).

Source: Sri Lanka: Protect Garment Workers’ Rights During Pandemic (HRW)

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. Sri Lanka has the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any predominately Buddhist nation. 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
46
REFUGEES
33,170
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.56 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
8.9%

Day 15

AUGUST | 2021

Iraq

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Lord rain down Your miraculous manifestations over the country of Iraq and reveal Your glorious saving power to them. Avenge the enemies, the persecutors of the Christian Believers and the destroyers of the Churches to fall at the feet of God and act strongly with Your justice. Bring into subjection the Iranian-backed militias targeting Iraqi cities and air bases with drone attacks. Lord prompt the Iraqis to turn to God in repentance and seek His gracious forgiveness of sins as the COVID-19 infections are spiking and causing great concern in the Ministry of Health. Help the authorities to speed up the awakening process and protect the people from the danger of the virus remaining at such a high level of infection that may lead to the emergence of strains that make the virus more lethal. (The Bible, 1 Peter 5:8).

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MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Iraq is known as the “cradle of civilization.” Modern Iraq occupies what was once ancient Mesopotamia. The Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish people groups composing the majority of modern-day Iraq have been in conflict with each other for centuries. The Assyrian Church of the East, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Syrian Catholic Church, the Chaldean Catholic Church and the Armenian Orthodox Church are all seriously affected by persecution in Iraq, especially from Islamic extremist movements and non-Christian leaders.

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
13
REFUGEES
4,026,483
LIFE EXPECTANCY
71.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
80.2%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18.7%
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