Day 17

NOVEMBER | 2022

Djibouti

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Djibouti, home to one of East Africa’s major ports as well as U.S. and Chinese military bases, has faced sporadic violence, usually sparked by protests against the government of President Ismail Omar Guelleh, whose party has a tight hold on power. Seven Djiboutian troops have been killed in clashes between the army and an armed opposition group. The latest attack in the north of the country was carried out by the Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy. Assailants attacked an army post in an area called Garabtissan in Tadjourah region, leading to the deaths and an unspecified number of injuries. Pray for President of Djibouti, Ismail Omar Guelleh, to powerfully curb the attacks of the armed groups. Pray that the continuous violent atrocities will be thwarted and for the people to cry out to God for help(The Bible, Psalm 18:6).

Source:

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/armed-attackers-kill-seven-djibouti-soldiers-presidential-adviser-2022-10-08/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Ismaïl Omar Guelleh is the current President of Djibouti. He has been in office since 1999. The current Prime Minister is Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, since 2013. The Republic of Djibouti lies between Eritrea and Somalia, bordering the Gulf of Aden. Djibouti gained independence in 1977 and functioned as an authoritarian one-party state until the president stepped aside in 1999 and balanced the nation’s two main ethnic groups, the Issa of Somali origin and the Afar of Ethiopian origin. Djibouti is predominantly a Muslim nation. Ninety-seven percent of the population is Muslim, and those who leave the faith are often beaten, ostracized, and killed. Serious social and economic problems continue to plague Djiboutians, notably widespread famine, extreme unemployment, and the rising urban issues of human trafficking, prostitution, and drug abuse. The French Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches represent the only active Christian witness recognized by the government.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed
POPULATION
828,000
CHRISTIANS
1.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
24,362
LIFE EXPECTANCY
62.79 yrs
LITERACY RATE
70%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18.8%

Day 17

NOVEMBER | 2022

China

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

At the Communist Party Congress, President Xi explained plans for his coming unprecedented third term in power. Analysts dissected his speech carefully, looking for signs of what is to come.  Two phrases that have long been used in his speeches since he came to power were significantly not included this year. Both these phrases were about peace and stability, the absence of conflict, allowing China to focus on economic development. Skipping these phrases may imply that the President is concerned about the possibility of conflict in China’s future. Pray for God’s plans and purposes for China and the world, to come to pass (The Bible, 2 Samuel 7:22).

Source: China Hangs on Xi’s Every Word. His Silence Also Speaks Volumes (New York Times)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The world’s most populous country, China is also the world’s second-largest land area.  With a focus on nationalism, the Communist government tries to maintain social order by prohibiting large meetings and some social media sites. Mission organizations say that the church is the largest social force in China not controlled by the Communist Party. Authorities have continued their harshest crackdown on Christianity since the Cultural Revolution. Many expatriate Christian workers have had to leave as a result. Even the Bible is being “rewritten” to better reflect the government’s communist worldview.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Xi Jinping
HEAD OF GOV.
Premier Li Keqiang
POPULATION
1.36 billion
CHRISTIANS
7.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
6.3%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Non-Religious
PERSECUTION RANKING
17
REFUGEES
301,519
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.3 yrs
LITERACY RATE
95.1%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
6.1%
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