Day 16

MAY | 2022

Tajikistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Tajikistan is the poorest of the Central Asian nations and it relies heavily on the income that migrant workers send back into Tajikistan from Russia. However, international sanctions against Russia for its war in Ukraine have meant that migrant workers have either lost their jobs or their income is worth little due to the crash of the Russian currency. Pray for provision for people in Tajikistan who no longer are supported by income from Russia. Pray for the government in Tajikistan to develop more innovative income creation ideas. May God bless Tajikistan still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear Him (The Bible, Psalm 67:7).

Source: Russia-Ukraine conflict: How Tajikistan and other Central Asian nations have become accidental victims (First Post)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Central Asia’s poorest nation, Tajikistan has never recovered from the Soviet era. After five years of civil war following the 1991 Soviet collapse, an UN-brokered peace deal resulted. Secular forces dominate, but economic stability hasn’t returned. Tajikistan voted to allow its president to rule indefinitely. Each year greater legislative restrictions oppress the Tajik masses. Secular forces also dictate religious law. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom, oppression is widespread. Literature confiscation is a primary tool the government uses against Christians. Churches must register to be legal, a near-impossible task. However, both registered and unregistered church gatherings continue to take place.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Emomalii Rahmon
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Kokhir Rasulzoda
POPULATION
8,192,000
CHRISTIANS
1.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
33
REFUGEES
3,590
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67.39 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
35.6%

Day 16

MAY | 2022

Israel

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Lebanon’s Hezbollah places were attacked by Israel. These target positions are in Syria. This kind of missile attack by Israel in Syria has been continuing for months. There has been a wave of terrorism in Israel in four of its cities four times. In recent years the Palestinian parties and militant groups are responsible for such attacks. More than five decades of occupation of the West Bank by Israel and its control over the sensitive religious sites in Jerusalem are challenged. Pray for the attackers and assailants to repent and stop killing innocent people. Pray for Israeli Christian Believers to proclaim the mighty power of God to everyone. Pray that they exalt Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace and the Savior of mankind who can forgive people of their sins (The Bible, Acts 5:31).

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/4/9/israeli-air-strikes-target-positions-in-syria

https://indianexpress.com/article/world/wave-of-terrorism-israel-defies-clear-narratives-7862255/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Israel is a republic with a president as head of state. However, the president’s powers are largely ceremonial; the prime minister holds the executive power. Isaac Herzog is the Israel President and Incumbent Naftali Bennett is serving as Prime Minister from 13 June 2021. Tensions between the nation of Israel and Palestine have existed for more than a century. Ever since the 20th century, the two nations have had to contest over land, especially in post-WWII in 1948 when Israel was established as a Jewish state in the area in which it surrounds today.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Isaac Herzog
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Naftali Bennett
POPULATION
8,049,000
CHRISTIANS
1.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Judaism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
45,284
LIFE EXPECTANCY
81.38 yrs
LITERACY RATE
97.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
21%
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