Day 30

DECEMBER | 2022

Mongolia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Franklin Graham and his ministry, Samaritan’s Purse, has been working in Mongolia for 20 years. They primarily help children born with congenital heart problems, such as a hole in the heart, to receive surgery for their conditions in the US, Canada, and Cayman Islands. More than 450 children have benefited from the surgery bringing life and wholeness. Praise God for the blessing this ministry has been to so many families. Pray that the Light of Jesus will shine brightly through this ministry. Pray that many Mongolians will hear the Gospel this Christmas season (The Bible, Romans 1:16).

Source: Franklin Graham Meets Children’s Heart Project Families in Mongolia (Missions Box)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Squashed in between Russia and China, Mongolia is a young democracy, allows religious freedom. In recent years, the Mongolian government struggled with accusations of corruption and a 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 Mongolians lived in the country, while now more than 100,000 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

DECEMBER | 2022

Syria

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is greatly concerned by the recent escalation of violence in northwest Syria, including shelling and airstrikes, which have resulted in civilian deaths and casualties in and around camps for internally displaced persons in the Idlib governorate. He called on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from escalating the situation and reaffirmed the need for a nationwide ceasefire. Humanitarian conditions continue to decline due to ongoing hostilities and a deepening economic crisis. At least 121 civilians have been killed and 210 others injured in northwest Syria this year. Nearly 4.1 million people — 80 per cent of them women and children — rely on UN aid to meet their most basic needs. Pray for a lasting solution for the war-ridden Syria. Pray for millions of vulnerable children to be protected (The bible, Isaiah 49:25).

Source:

https://www.siasat.com/un-chief-guterres-voices-concern-over-escalation-of-violence-in-syria-2453465/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Syria dropped down to 15th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution as violence against Christians decreased. The current president 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. 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. 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
15
REFUGEES
7,947,655
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55.7 yrs
LITERACY RATE
79.6%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
11.9%

Day 30

DECEMBER | 2022

Tibet

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Hundreds of people took to the streets in Lhasa protesting the endless COVID-19 lockdowns imposed by the Chinese government. It is believed to be the first protests held in the city since 2008. Those protests were violently squashed, while recent protests appear to have been peaceful. Lhasa had been locked down for more than two months when the protests took place. Patience with China’s zero-Covid policy is running out. Pray for peace. Pray for this virus to be managed well. Pray that it will not be an excuse for prolonged controlling lockdowns anymore. Speak out over Tibetans the truth that we celebrate this month, that God loves them so much He sent His only Son (The Bible, John 1:14).

Source: Rare Protests in Tibet Over COVID Lockdown (VOA)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Tibet is a Himalayan state considered a part of China. Many desire that Tibet is its own country in its own right. 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.  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 China as a separatist threat. China’s extensive crack down 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

DECEMBER | 2022

Eritrea

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Eritrean Christians have just marked 20 years of state persecution. Authorities raided premises where Christians were gathered for worship in Eritrea. They seized 150 believers during the raid on the Godaif district in the southern part of the capital, Asmara. The authorities released some women with children, but they continue to hold 98 Christians in Mai Serwa prison. There are now more than 300 Christians imprisoned for their faith in Eritrea. Many are detained indefinitely, without charge and without trial. Most of the Christian prisoners are believed to be Pentecostal or Evangelical. Pray for those kept in steel shipping containers, exposed to the searing desert heat by day and the bitter cold by night and who are beaten and tortured. Pray for the prisoners to believe in Christ because of the faithful witness of Christians who have been jailed for their faith (The Bible, Matthew 10:18).

Source:

https://releaseinternational.org/eritrea-another-100-christians-detained/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Eritrea remains in 6th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors as Christian persecution is rampant. 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. Despite almost half the population identifying as Christian, believers in Eritrea continue to suffer extreme persecution, making it one of the hardest places in the world to follow Jesus.

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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