Day 4

JUNE | 2022

Guinea-Bissau

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Guinea-Bissau’s government is suppressive and closed 79 radio stations nationwide recently. Augusto Mario da Silva, president of the Guinean League for Human Rights, accused the government of making the final push to eliminate the democratic rule of law. Interfering in the editorial work of the media shows that there is no protection of public interest. Guinea-Bissau’s journalists are in despair as they are muzzled. The government is aiming to establish a dictatorial regime bent on confiscating all the fundamental rights and freedoms won in this unrelenting struggle for democracy in the country. Pray for the country’s civil society to provide technical, legal or other support for the restoration and operation of all radio stations and all media in order to preserve and consolidate political and civil freedoms and the right to information and opinion. Pray for God to be a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Pray that the abandoned people will trust in His name and be saved (The Bible, Psalm 9:8-10).

Source:

https://frontline.thehindu.com/dispatches/guinea-bissau-sees-crackdown-on-press-freedom/article38481017.ece

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Umaro Sissoco Embalo is the President of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau since 27 February 2020. Nuno Gomes Nabiam is the Prime Minister since 28 February 2020. Guinea-Bissau is one of the world’s poorest countries, relying on revenues from raising a cashew crop to feed most families, and its economy depends greatly on foreign aid. Outside of the agricultural sector, the government struggles to pay its workers. There are suspicions that the country aids the Latin American cocaine trade as the narcotic reaches Europe.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Umaro Sissoco Embaló
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Nuno Gomes Nabiam
POPULATION
1,874,303
CHRISTIANS
11.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
1.8%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
8,807
LIFE EXPECTANCY
54.27 yrs
LITERACY RATE
55.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown

Day 4

JUNE | 2022

Japan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The Japanese yen has reached a 20-year low against the US dollar. The cost of food and energy is rising quickly impacting the nation’s ability to recover from the effects of the pandemic. Pray that many people in Japan will find their hearts open to the spiritual truth of Jesus Christ in these uncertain times. Jesus, who is seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new! Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Praise God that these words remain true today and are true for Japan. Praise God that Jesus is the one who can breathe new life into the Church in Japan, and into the lives of those who don’t know Him yet (The Bible, Revelation 21:5).

Source: Japan Has Long Sought More Inflation and a weak Yen. But Not Like This (New York Times)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

An archipelago of 6,852 islands, Japan has the world’s third-largest economy and is a major donor for world crises. Three-quarters of the nation’s population lives in big cities; this together with one of the world’s most aging populations has resulted in specific needs in rural areas as young people all move to the cities in search of work. A strong traditional core has been flanked by a progressive younger generation valuing Western culture and ideas. Japan suffers from a high suicide rate, the leading cause of death for those under 30.

CHIEF OF STATE
Emperor Naruhito
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Shinzō Abe
POPULATION
126.3 million
CHRISTIANS
2.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shintoism
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
12,491
LIFE EXPECTANCY
84.74 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
16%
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