Day 20

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Lebanon

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

There has been a decade-old maritime border dispute between Lebanon and Israel. Now the two neighbors are getting closer to reaching a deal. Lebanon and Israel have been officially at war since Israel’s creation in 1948, and both countries claim some 860 square kilometers of the Mediterranean Sea. Amos Hochstein has been mediating between the two neighbors, and he expressed optimism after his meetings with Lebanon’s president, caretaker prime minister and parliament speaker. Lebanon is in bad need of an agreement as it hopes to exploit offshore gas reserves to try and alleviate what has become the worst economic crisis in its modern history. Pray for a more united approach to have anticipated progress to reach a settlement. Pray for the Lebanese to seek God’s help to enjoy new beginnings and salvation in Jesus Christ (The Bible, Job 8:7).

Source:

https://apnews.com/article/middle-east-israel-lebanon-beirut-ce278e1f4cbfee6571b074cb49f8d8cb

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Michel Aoun is the president of the Lebanese Republic and the head of the state of Lebanon. Hassan Diab is the prime minister. Lebanon has suffered profound economic problems. The value of its currency has plummeted. Ramifications of the pandemic and explosion in Beirut are added to the ongoing crisis. The weekend of October 9-10 was a time of widespread power outages in Lebanon that stemmed from the fuel shortage. Without the fuel, the Lebanese could not operate their power plants. Small shops were closed which are essential for the Lebanese to get food and other necessities.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Michel Aoun
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Najib Mikati
POPULATION
6,185,000
CHRISTIANS
32.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
1,167,189
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.9 yrs
LITERACY RATE
89.6%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
28.6%

Day 20

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Brunei

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The US government releases an annual Trafficking in Person report which explores steps taken to stop human trafficking and punish those responsible in 188 nations. The report breaks the nations into three tiers with the third tier reserved for nations that fail to meet minimum standards and are showing no effort to meet those standards. Brunei was added to the list of third-tier nations this year. As human trafficking in Southeast Asia got worse in the last year, pray for the nations in this third tier to be convicted of their need to address this terrible industry. Pray for a turnaround in Brunei. Praise God that He values all human life and that it is He who gives each of us breath and life (The Bible, Job 33:4).

Source: US Adds Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei to Human Trafficking Blacklist (The Diplomat)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Brunei has boasted a small but prosperous economy. Its wealthy standard of living surely contributes to the wild popularity of its sultan who provides free health care, housing, and education to his countrymen. The nation has begun exploring alternative sources of income as it foresees its oil reserves running out. Sharia (Islamic) law was fully implemented in 2019. The enormous international backlash against the death penalty by stoning homosexual acts resulted in the Sultan reneging and claiming the death penalty will not be applied, but concerns about the fate of Christians in the country remained out of the spotlight. Propagating any other religion than Islam is illegal.

CHIEF OF STATE
Sultan and PM Hassanal Bolkiah
HEAD OF GOV.
Sultan and PM Hassanal Bolkiah
POPULATION
430,000
CHRISTIANS
11.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
5.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
39
REFUGEES
20,524
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.97 yrs
LITERACY RATE
95.4%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown
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