Day 21

JANUARY | 2022

Turkmenistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Although Human Rights Watch reports that Turkmenistan is one of the most repressive countries in the world, we bless this nation with freedom in Christ.

Though many do not believe Turkmenistan’s claims that it has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, we bless the people with good health and protection.

May the hard ground of this closed country become soft. May they be ready to receive the Good News that Jesus Christ came to save sinners and bless them for eternity.

Father, we thank You that this nation is not closed to You. We pray for miracles, signs, wonders, dreams, and visions to flood this land in 2022 (The Bible, Acts 2:43).

Source: WIN and Turkmenistan – World Report 2021 (HRW)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Although a country with mighty oil and gas reserves, the past two years its struggling economy has resulted in widespread food shortages. Turkmenistan makes its name one of the most isolated and consolidated authoritarian regimes in the world. It lacks basic freedoms, judicial independence, accountable institutions, and it discriminates against ethnic minorities. Turkmenistan’s dictator seeks to control every aspect of life. The government justifies its tough methods by a need to prevent an escalation of radical Islam. Though Turkmenistan has a persecution ranking of only 19, the country is still one of the world’s most oppressive.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
HEAD OF GOV.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
POPULATION
5,231,000
CHRISTIANS
3.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
23
REFUGEES
7,546
LIFE EXPECTANCY
69.78 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
30%

Day 21

JANUARY | 2022

Qatar

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bless the people of Qatar and France for their efforts to evacuate hundreds from Afghanistan.

Bless the 2030 agenda of Qatar to help increase employment opportunities. May multitudes of Qataris experience God’s peace.

Bless the “New Horizons for Tomorrow” initiative to help achieve wellbeing and stability in Qatar.

Pray for Christian Believers in Qatar to be equipped with God’s word and the love and compassion of Christ for those in their spheres of influence (The Bible, Ephesians 3:18).

Source:  WIN prayer points

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Qatar is listed in 29th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Qatar is an absolute monarchy ruled by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani the Emir. The State of Qatar, unlike many other Middle Eastern nations, has successfully avoided the unrest and violence of the Arab Spring. The peninsula nation bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia was part of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire and then operated under British protection. Nearly 80% of the population is Muslim, and it is forbidden to criticize the ruling family or Islam or to share the Gospel. Many expatriates have been forced to leave the country as a result of speaking about Christ.

CHIEF OF STATE
Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani
POPULATION
2,195,000
CHRISTIANS
6.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.8%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
29
REFUGEES
1,421
LIFE EXPECTANCY
76.58 yrs
LITERACY RATE
96.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown
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