Day 28

NOVEMBER | 2022

Pakistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The Pakistan Demographic Survey revealed that infant mortality rates have dropped, but so has the overall average life expectancy, decreasing to 65 years. Praise God for better education and health care support for women and infant health. As life expectancy is quite low, pray that people will not postpone consideration of the afterlife until it’s too late. Pray that the Holy Spirit will stir up dissatisfaction with Islam, causing many to find peace in the truth around Jesus Christ and the hope and assurance of salvation that He offers (The Bible, 1 John 5:12-13).

Source: Life expectancy in Pakistan edges lower to 65 years (Dawn)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Pakistan has the world’s third-largest Muslim population. Pakistan’s political and economic systems are crippled by the interference of refugees and radical Islamists. Pakistan officially hosts 1.4 million refugees, but it has been flooded with millions of people from Afghanistan in the last 18 months. At least 48 terrorist and extremist groups – including the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and IS – also find a home in Pakistan. The country’s culture of Islamization with its notorious blasphemy laws has led to devastating consequences for Christian Believers, who experience more violence than almost anywhere else. Threats of violence and terror attacks are a very real part of life for the Christian community. Despite obstacles, the Church continues to grow, though lack of sound teaching opens the door to corruption, immorality, and low spiritual standards among Christians. Pakistan has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic with the numbers of cases and deaths high, and the economic impact felt keenly among the nation’s poor.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Arif Alvi
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Shehbaz Sharif
POPULATION
199 million
CHRISTIANS
0.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
5
REFUGEES
2,962,782
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67.39 yrs
LITERACY RATE
55%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
12.4%

Day 28

DECEMBER | 2022

Somalia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The hunger emergency is affecting not only Somalia, which has a population of 16 million, but an estimated 37 million people in the Horn of Africa. One of the main drivers of the crisis is climate change. A severely malnourished child is admitted to a clinic in Somalia on average every minute of every day. With crops and animals decimated in the worst drought to blanket the nation in four decades, millions of Somalis stand on the brink of starvation in an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe. Frustrated aid workers have insisted the threshold for famine has already been reached in some areas and have pushed the government in several meetings to declare a famine to bring attention to the crisis. Pray for immediate aid flow from the international community. Pray for God’s merciful intervention in Somalia to save them from death and destruction (The Bible, Psalm 33:19).

Source:

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/06/world/africa/somalia-famine-hunger.html

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Somalia remains in 3rd position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution by being more hostile. Incumbent Hassan Sheikh Mohamud became the president on 23 May 2022. The current prime minister is Hamza Abdi Barre, approved by the House of the People on 25 June 2022. Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the Northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa’s mainland. It is one of the countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. The pressure on Christians remains at an extreme level. Christians in the country risk being killed by Islamic militants, and clan leaders, elders, and family members monitor the movements of any suspected Christian convert. In recent years, the situation appears to have gotten even worse. Islamic militants have intensified their hunt for Christians, particularly any in a position of leadership. Somalia is one of the few places in the world that has banned the celebration of Christmas.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Mohamed Hussein Roble
POPULATION
10,616,000
CHRISTIANS
0.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
3
REFUGEES
1,160,286
LIFE EXPECTANCY
51.96 yrs
LITERACY RATE
37.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown
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