Day 30

MAY | 2022

Mongolia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

In April, hundreds of young people took part in a peaceful protest asking the government to make some changes to economic policy. After the protest disbanded, some young people were caught by police and beaten, and the footage went viral. The following day, more young people returned to protest police brutality resulting in Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai coming to speak with the youth and agreeing to an extraordinary session to try and meet their demands. Pray for integrity and righteousness to spring up in Mongolia. Pray for the young generations to meet Jesus. Praise God that the great and mighty God knows the name of each of these youth (The Bible, Psalm 147:4-5).

Source: Youth Protest Stretches Into Day 2 in Mongolia (The Diplomat)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Squashed in between Russia and China, Mongolia is a young democracy, allowing religious freedom. In recent years, the Mongolian government has struggled with accusations of corruption and the people’s protest movement grew demanding greater change. Mongolia’s economy continues to improve despite harsh winters that threaten the traditional lifestyle and income of cattle farmers. A third of Mongolia’s population lives in the capital, Ulaanbataar, while nearly half of the country’s workforce is nomadic. In 1989, less than a handful of Christian Mongols lived in the country, while now more than100,000 Christian Believers are thought to exist. In Ulaanbataar alone, there are approximately 200 Churches. In addition, there are small gatherings of Christian Believers in every province, but few Christian workers are focused on church planting in rural and remote regions.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ukhnaagiin Khürelsükh
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene
POPULATION
2,993,000
CHRISTIANS
1.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
31
LIFE EXPECTANCY
69.57 yrs
LITERACY RATE
97.4%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
29.8%

Day 30

MAY | 2022

Syria

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The use of forbidden chemical weapons in Syria caused tens of thousands of civilian deaths. There is a warning that chemical attacks on Ukraine by Russia may be possible. Investigations are on to see whether Russia used such evil tactics in the war. At the same time, the continuous civil war has caused havoc in the life of Syrians, especially women and children. They go through chronic and high levels of violence, neglect, and verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. Young boys are recruited into armed groups, indoctrinated, and live without a future. The widows undergo gender-based violence and are denied humanitarian aid. Pray for the unfortunate girls to have their rights to education. Pray for the widows to find work to find means for their survival. Pray that God sends forth His tremendous power and supremacy over the country of Syria. Pray for the Syrian Christian Believers to increase in faith and bravely endure the distress and desperation (The Bible, Psalm 27:1).

Sources:

https://thehill.com/policy/international/3265909-syria-casts-shadow-on-biden-to-respond-to-possible-ukraine-chemical-attack/

https://reliefweb.int/report/syrian-arab-republic/women-and-children-syria-s-widow-camps-hardest-reach-most-risk

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Syria is listed in 12th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution The current president of Syria is Bashar al-Assad and the prime minister is Hussein Arnous since 11 June 2020. Syria has been shattered and decimated by war, violence, and terrorism in recent years. Multitudes have lost their lives. Millions have been forced from their homes, leading to a mass humanitarian crisis of historic proportions. Civil war has become a much more complex and multifaceted conflict. The many warring factions are armed opposition groups, rebels, the Islamic State, and the Kurds. Numerous war crimes, such as the use of chemical warfare, have been reported on all sides, leading to unspeakable horrors among Syrian civilians. The Islamic State has capitalized on Syria’s instability and chaos and started taking control of huge areas across northern and eastern Syria. The terrorized people of Syria further suffer from the IS-caused terror, and the war has caused the displacement of over six million people within Syria.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Bashar al-Assad
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Hussein Arnous
POPULATION
17,065,000
CHRISTIANS
5.9%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
12
REFUGEES
7,947,655
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
79.6%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
11.9%

Day 30

MAY | 2022

Tibet

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

A small number of Christian Believers from a Tibetan Buddhist background are involved in sharing the Gospel with Tibetans in Tibet and surrounding nations, as well as online. Pray that as they share their testimonies, the power of God will testify to the truth of Jesus Christ. Pray for protection over these Believers and ask God to continue to open the doors for their ministry. Pray that signs and wonders will accompany the Gospel message. When the 72 that Jesus sent out returned, they proclaimed, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your name.” That is the power of God and the name of Jesus (The Bible, Luke 10:17).

Source: Christian workers in the region

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Tibet is a Himalayan state considered a part of China. Many desire that Tibet is its own country. China massacred more than a million people in its reinvasion of Tibet many years ago, but freedom has never been restored and tensions remain high. Chinese surveillance in Tibet and of Tibetan people around the world is all-pervasive. Last year China introduced facial recognition technology to increase its control over its ethnic minorities. Tibet’s exiled Buddhist spiritual leader is the Dalai Lama. His followers see him as a living god, but by China as a separatist threat. China’s extensive crackdown on the Church has meant Christian missionaries are no longer free to function in Tibet either. However, a small Church continues to grow, and Christian resources are available online for people seeking to know more about God and to grow in their Christian faith.

CHIEF OF STATE
PM Lobsang Sangay
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Lobsang Sangay
POPULATION
7,800,000
CHRISTIANS
0.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
150,000
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67 yrs
LITERACY RATE
35.5%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
70%

Day 30

MAY | 2022

Eritrea

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

To everyone’s surprise, Eritrea voted “no” to the resolution that condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Eritrea’s solidarity with an imperialist Russia is a kind of survivalism. Experts guess that it could be because President Isaias Afwerki is ideologically anti-West and also because of the American sanctions on Eritrea. Some go to the extent of describing them as two dictators of the countries. Pray for Eritrea which won independence from Ethiopia two decades ago. It is still threatened by its bigger neighbor Ethiopia. Pray that the small and impoverished country of Eritrea will find peace and needed help. Pray for God to anoint the Eritrean Christian Believers with His supreme power to declare that Jesus Christ, the Son of God can set the people free from their oppressors(The Bible, John 8:36).

Sources:

https://www.theafricareport.com/192505/eritrea-isaias-hostility-to-the-west-is-about-survivalism/

https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/03/08/why-is-eritrea-backing-russian-aggression-in-ukraine

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Eritrea is listed in 6th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. His Excellency Isaias Afwerki is the president. Located on the Red Sea, Eritrea is governed by a totalitarian regime that seeks to control every aspect of life. Some have compared Eritrea to the “hermit kingdom” of North Korea, as it is one of the most secretive and isolated countries in the world. The government maintains tight control of approved churches, including their messages. Years of communism, required military service, and economic depression have forced many Eritreans, including evangelical believers, to flee the country. Eritrea has outlawed churches, arrested pastors, and continues to round up and torture Christians. Facing a hopeless future of menial army work, Eritrean young men are fleeing the country by the hundreds. Typical military conscripts face mistreatment, poor working conditions, and an endless term of service.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Isaias Afewerki
HEAD OF GOV.
President Isaias Afewerki
POPULATION
6,528,000
CHRISTIANS
48.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
6
REFUGEES
2,920
LIFE EXPECTANCY
63.81 yrs
LITERACY RATE
80%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
50%
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