External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar of India called the two temples of the Bochasanwasi sanstha coming up in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain as “two consecutive miracles in the Gulf”. Speaking at the Gulf Countries Day as part of the ongoing centenary celebrations of Pramukh Swami, one under construction at Abu Dhabi and another expected at Bahrain. Jaishankar said, “We are living in a world with several challenges, primarily that being of 3Cs — conflict, Covid and climate— and the solution lies in 3 Ps – peace, progress and prosperity. Pray for positive impact as India is due to host a virtual meeting of over 120 nations spread over two days titled ‘Voice of Global South Summit’. Pray for the eyes of the Bahrainis to be opened to see the power of God and accept Christ the Savior (The Bible, Isaiah 12:2).
Bahrain is not ranked in the World Watch list because it is relatively religiously tolerant compared to its neighbors in the Persian Gulf. It is a majority Islamic country mainly with Shia Muslims, but the ruling family is Sunni Muslim. Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa is King of Bahrain since 14 February 2002. The Kingdom of Bahrain is the most open island country in the Gulf region and has opened its doors to some Christian influence. The constitution of Bahrain officially grants freedom of religion, but a provision also states that this freedom cannot violate established customs, policies or morals, all of which are influenced by Islam. Only a few expatriate Christians in the country experience relative freedom to worship but are under close surveillance by the government and security forces. Converts from Islam experience the most severe persecution, as family members and local communities pressure them to recant their Christian faith.
Our Father God tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms
and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young. Pray this over Taiwan as tensions rise over whether China intends to forcibly integrate Taiwan into mainland China. Pray that God’s fathering heart will woo many to faith in Jesus Christ, as His love is gentle yet strong, righteous, and just. Pray for wisdom for those in leadership. Pray for the Christian community in Taiwan to know the presence of the loving Father (The Bible, Isaiah 40:11).
Although Taiwan has enjoyed relative independence for more than 60 years, China has rapidly increased its intimidation of the tiny island nation in recent years. China’s overall strategy continues to use both persuasion and coercion to hinder the development of attitudes favoring independence in the “rebel” Taiwan. China’s focus on building military strength is seen as a threat by Taiwan as it continues to maintain its autonomy. Taiwan has continued to foster connections with sympathetic international allies. With a strong economy, Taiwan is a leader in computer technology. Unlike China, Taiwan seems more committed to freedom of religion though Christians only make up six percent of the population. Most are committed to the traditional ethnic religion. China’s intervention in Hong Kong has caused many in Taiwan to be fearful of what their future holds.