Day 16

NOVEMBER | 2022

Tajikistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Amidst the mounting strife between Russia and Ukraine, Russia has also been increasingly criticized and snubbed by the nations of the former Soviet Union. The President of Tajikistan delivered a long speech at a regional summit attended by Putin, demanding that he show greater respect for Central Asian nations who have traditionally been his allies. The President said Russia was treating Central Asia and enacting policies that made them feel like the Soviet Union, rather than the independent nations they actually are. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give wisdom and insight to the leaders of the Central Asian nations as they walk a line between Russia and Europe. Pray that they will also be convicted of their own sins and failure to lead their own nations with righteousness (The Bible,  Matthew 20:26-28).

Source: Putin Confronted by Frustrated Tajik President Demanding Respect (Newsweek)

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

NOVEMBER | 2022

Israel

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Israel is preparing for potential hostilities with Hezbollah over a gas rig. Israel Defence Minister ordered the alert telling troops to prepare for a scenario of escalation in the north, both offensively and defensively, given the developments in the negotiations on the maritime border. Israeli forces in the north are on high alert. The alert marks a stark turn in the odyssey of the Karish gas rig ordeal, which appeared on its way to US-led resolution, with both Israel and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah expressing support. But Israel reportedly voiced reservations about the deal. Then the Lebanese government suggested changes, which caused Jerusalem to outright reject the amended version. Pray for a diplomatic solution to defuse the conflict. Pray that the possible hostilities of Hezbollah will be averted (The Bible, Esther 9:24).

Source:

https://breakingdefense.com/2022/10/how-israel-is-preparing-for-potential-hostilities-with-hezbollah-over-a-gas-rig/

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. The incumbent president is Isaac Herzog, who took office on 7 July 2021, and Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid is the prime minister from 1 July 2022. A densely-populated country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is the only state in the world with a majority Jewish population. It has been locked in conflict with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors over ownership of land considered holy by many Jews, Christians, and Muslims since its creation in 1948. The militant Islamic group Hamas reinforced its power in Gaza in June 2007. Hamas, frustrated with the restrictions placed on them by Israel, fired rockets close to Jerusalem. Israel retaliated. Violent clashes over Jerusalem escalated dramatically with Gaza, and many were killed by Israeli airstrikes launched after Palestinian militant groups fired rockets close to Jerusalem.

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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