Day 31

JANUARY | 2022

West Bank

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bless the president and leaders of the West Bank to improve the humanitarian response. May they ease the problems faced by vulnerable people.

Bless relations between the West Bank and Israel. May relations be restored and the clashes between Palestinians and Israelis end.

Pray for the blessing of peace and restored property for people in the West Bank.

Pray for people to endure opposition and manifest God’s love despite their sufferings. May He lead many to salvation through Jesus Christ (The Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:9).

Source:  WIN prayer points

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Mahmoud Abbas is the president and Mohammad Shtayyeh is the Prime Minister of the West Bank. Israel’s army said it was extending the closure on the West Bank and Gaza due to a manhunt for six Palestinian escapees who tunneled their way out of jail. To locate the escaped prisoners, it has been decided to extend the general closure. However, all of the other crossings will remain closed, and Palestinians could pass through them only under special or medical circumstances and on a humanitarian basis. The closure has been imposed right before the Jewish New Year. Israel considers the main Jewish holidays as prone to attacks by Palestinian militants and regularly closes off the occupied territories during these times. The increased violence has brought grief as there was loss of Palestinian and Israeli lives that could, and should, have been avoided.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Mahmoud Abbas
HEAD OF GOV.
POPULATION
2,785,000
CHRISTIANS
1.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
750,000
LIFE EXPECTANCY
74.87 yrs
LITERACY RATE
96.4%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18%

Day 31

JANUARY | 2022

Gaza Strip

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Bless President Mahmoud Abbas and Gaza’s governing leaders to make Hamas commit to a ceasefire. May electricity, gas, and clean water be restored to the people of the Gaza Strip.

Bless the Gazans, celebrating the fall olive harvest festival, with joy and thankfulness to Christ, the giver of all good things.

Bless children suffering from water-related infections with needed treatment. Multiple wars, skirmishes, and a 14-year blockade have kept this from happening.

Pray for those facing enormous hardship and pain to experience God’s comfort and joy. Pray they will embrace the love of Christ (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 1:3).

Source:  WIN prayer points

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The Gaza Strip is a narrow strip of land along the Mediterranean Sea in the Middle East, bordered by Egypt to the southwest and Israel to the north and east. Ismail Haniyeh is the president and Mohammad Shtayyeh is the Prime Minister in Gaza. The Gaza Strip residents are severely constrained by political rights and civil liberties. Blockade of the territory, periodic military incursions by Israel have imposed serious hardship on the civilian population. The Islamist political and militant group Hamas gained control of Gaza following its victory in the legislative elections and a subsequent conflict with Fatah, the ruling party in the West Bank. The subsequent schism between Hamas and the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority has contributed to legal confusion and repeated postponement of elections, which have not been held in Gaza. Israel launched a month-long air campaign against sites in Gaza in early August 2021, in response to a rocket attack launched from the territory. Israeli authorities tightened restrictions on the flow of materials, including fuel and construction materials, into Gaza

CHIEF OF STATE
Ruled de Facto by Hamas
HEAD OF GOV.
Ruled de Facto by Hamas
POPULATION
1,869,000
CHRISTIANS
1.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
500,000
LIFE EXPECTANCY
74.87 yrs
LITERACY RATE
96.4%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
39%

Day 31

JANUARY | 2022

The Gambia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

We bless the Gambia with the assurance that God has a plan for their people. May Gambians understand they can call on Jesus Christ anytime for salvation.

Bless Adama Barrow, the reelected president, with God’s power to improve the literacy and unemployment rates. May God empower him to stop gender-based violence.

Bless the economy of Gambia with increased and strategic action plans to create more job opportunities for the youth.

Father God, bless Your people for committing their ways to You. May they proclaim the Gospel to everyone (The Bible, Acts 28:31).

Source:  WIN prayer points

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The Gambia is a tiny, peaceful Muslim country. Adama Barrow is the president of The Gambia. Anger and disappointment flare-up in the Gambia after the announcement of the unlikely coalition between the party of former leader Yahya Jammeh and that of his successor Adama Barrow, seeking a new mandate in December. Human rights defenders see this as a betrayal to the victims of Yayah Jammeh’s 20 years of rule.  Hamid Adiamoh, the editor-in-Chief of the NewDay newspaper in the Gambia said that the party led by Yayah Jammeh held the position that the Gambia would not move forward from that era of tyranny and has brought the country to its knees. Human rights groups in the Gambia have decried the possible return of former President Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the Gambia. Ninety percent of the Gambia population is Muslim, but there is some religious freedom and tolerance. Christians, mostly Protestant, make up 5% of the population.

CHIEF OF STATE
Adama Barrow
HEAD OF GOV.
Adama Barrow
POPULATION
1,968,000
CHRISTIANS
3.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
11,609
LIFE EXPECTANCY
64.6 yrs
LITERACY RATE
50%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
48.4%

Day 31

JANUARY | 2022

East Timor

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

We bless the leaders of East Timor, in Jesus’ Name, with a hunger for righteousness and salvation in Jesus Christ.

Bless the ministries of Christian churches to flourish; may they truly meet the felt needs of the community, opening the door for the Gospel.

Bless those who are nominally Christian to experience a personal revival that leads to a Christ-centered family and community revival.

Dear Lord Jesus, we pray You will draw many East Timorese into a relationship with You this year. You know each of them and know what they need to hear to win their hearts. (The Bible, Matthew 11:28).

Source: WIN

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The country, also known as Timor-Leste, had a bloody 24-year resistance against Indonesian occupiers, gaining independence officially in 2002. In stark contrast to this turbulent past, East Timor peacefully transferred power to a younger generation of leaders in the 2017 presidential elections. However, the nation has failed to form a secure, strong government since the 2018 parliamentary elections. The membership of the governing coalition changed again in 2020. Half of the country, with a population of only 1.3 million people, still lives in extreme poverty. High levels of youth unemployment fuel gang violence. With around 95% of its population being Roman Catholic, it is one of only two predominantly Christian nations in Southeast Asia. Churches face no persecution.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Taur Matan Ruak
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Rui Maria de Araújo
POPULATION
1,231,000
CHRISTIANS
88.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Christianity
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
6
LIFE EXPECTANCY
69.22 yrs
LITERACY RATE
58.6%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
41%
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