Tired of China’s “zero-COVID” lockdowns and other trade tensions, many international companies such as Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics and Microsoft have been moving some of their operations from China to Vietnam. Cheap labor is a draw card, but corruption is seen as a problem. Pray that this will motivate Vietnam to expose and deal with corruption, cleaning up their nation in order to make it more attractive for international business. Pray also for fair wages and treatment for the laborers involved in factory production (The Bible, Luke 12:48).
The end of Yemen’s truce leaves civilians afraid dark days are back. The truce lasted for six months and expired on 2 October. Yemenis have had years to get used to the political and economic crises that have rocked their lives. When it became apparent that the United Nations-brokered six-month truce would not immediately be renewed, residents of Sanaa, the country’s rebel-held capital, resorted to tried and trusted coping mechanisms. People will lose the source of their income, and the resumption of the war will bring them hunger. Yemen, already impoverished, will find any more conflict unbearable. Pray that the continued failure of attempts to extend the truce will be overcome and the UN will sign parties in the conflict onto a new deal. Pray for a ceasefire that can decline civilian casualties and the displacement of people. Pray that the people will not be afraid or discouraged anymore (The Bible, 2 Chronicles 20:17).