Day 25

DECEMBER | 2022

Kazakhstan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

When Open Doors began working in Kazakhstan 30 years ago, there were literally a handful of Christian Believers. When Kazakhstan came out from the Soviet Union, many returned to Islam, the religion they followed before Communism. So the Church was an underground movement for many years. Still many Christians meet in homes, as permission to register a church to meet officially is hard to get. Open Doors helped to provide Bibles in the Kazakh language to help disciple and train Believers. Pray that the Christians will once again experience a fresh touch from the Lord this Christmas season (The Bible, Titus 2:11-14).

Source: Esther’s Pioneering Ministry to Central Asia (Missions Box)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

A large country the size of Western Europe, Kazakhstan is the world’s leading uranium producer and the economic leader of Central Asia. Soviet-era nuclear testing and toxic waste dumping plague the nation as well as elevating drug addiction levels and HIV/Aids rates. Islam had a resurgence after the Soviet era, but more legal restrictions are being imposed on all religious groups. Unregistered Protestant churches and their Believers suffer the most persecution. Political instability and infighting between the ruling party and opposition groups have been the mark of the last three years. The impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine has been felt hard in the neighboring nations, with many migrant workers in Russia losing jobs due to sanctions, and the rising cost of living impacting the poor.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Alihan Smaiylov
POPULATION
18,157,000
CHRISTIANS
21.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
41
REFUGEES
7,764
LIFE EXPECTANCY
70.55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
5.3%

Day 25

DECEMBER | 2022

Oman

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The United States and the Sultanate of Oman affirmed a strategic partnership on regional security and their agreement to support stability in Yemen. The first strategic dialogue between Oman and the United States, underscored the growing partnership on regional security. The two sides reaffirmed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Yemen and underscored their support for Yemen’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and independence. Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Albusaidi affirmed that international disputes must be resolved peacefully and under international law. They called for a comprehensive extension of the UN-mediated truce and the launch of an inclusive political process that will allow all Yemenis to determine the future of their country. Pray for Omanis to turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins.

Pray that many of them will encounter the power of God and be changed (The Bible, Psalm 34:5).

Source:

https://english.aawsat.com/home/article/3979201/us-oman-affirm-strategic-partnership-regional-security

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Oman is listed in 20th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. The Sultan of Oman is Haitham bin Tariq Al. The standard of living improved dramatically due to the discovery of oil. Omanis highly respect their Sultan and have enjoyed peace and prosperity under his leadership. Morden technology has vastly changed the lifestyles of Omanis. Smartphones, the internet, and social media command a great deal of the time of young and older Omanis. Oman’s population has doubled in the past 25 years and around 50% of the population is under 16 years of age. Traditional family structures are also changing. The conservative and traditional nature of Oman’s Islamic society, combined with material comfort, results in much resistance to the Gospel.

CHIEF OF STATE
Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said
HEAD OF GOV.
POPULATION
4,613,241
CHRISTIANS
6.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
44
REFUGEES
5,000
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
93%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown
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