Day 5

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Saudi Arabia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

There has been a considerable progress in the past five rounds of talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The political dialogue happened in Iraq. Talks were held mainly at the security level on security issue. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that both Iran and Saudi Arabia have voiced readiness to begin their talks on a political level to normalize ties. He also elaborated on President Ebrahim Raisi’s promotion of regional diplomacy, saying that the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait have also decided to send their ambassadors to Tehran. Pray for this “neighbors-first policy” to activate regional diplomacy and bolster relations with the regional countries. Pray for the leaders to turn to God for new good governance and people security (The Bible, Daniel 6:4).

Source:

https://newsaf.cgtn.com/news/2022-07-23/Iran-says-ready-to-begin-normalization-talks-with-Saudi-Arabia-1bSYBpb6Oxq/index.html

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Saudi Arabia is listed in 14th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Mohammed bin Salman is the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam, has outlawed churches and punished Christian worship for decades. The kingdom’s 1.4 million Christians meet in secret places. According to the human rights report, Saudi Arabia held the presidency of the G20 in 2020 despite the country’s longstanding human rights abuses. Authorities failed to hold high-level officials accountable for suspected involvement in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

CHIEF OF STATE
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
POPULATION
33 million
CHRISTIANS
4.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
14
REFUGEES
70,661
LIFE EXPECTANCY
74.8 yrs
LITERACY RATE
87.2%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown

Day 5

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Bhutan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

China has been building 3 villages on Bhutanese land. One is already completely inhabited, the other two are still in progress. China has also built a military base and extensive roadways in the border region between the two nations. China’s encroachment into Bhutan seems irreversible and talks between the two nations are ongoing around their disputed border regions. India watches on with concern as she too shares borders with these two nations. Pray for equity, righteousness, and justice to reign over all negotiations around the land. Praise God that despite China’s desire to extend its territory, we can thank the Lord that all of it actually belongs to our Creator God. Pray for a new beginning in Bhutan’s recognizing the Creator God’s claim to her land and people (The Bible, Deuteronomy 10:14).

Source: China Advances Into Bhutan’s Doklam; India Watches (The Diplomat)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Known as “the Land of the Thunder Dragon,” Bhutan prides itself on its elevated “happiness” levels despite being considered a least developed country. Rather than relying on Gross Domestic Product as the leading indicator of the small Himalayan nation’s progress, the late King Wangchuk suggested it should examine its “Gross National Happiness.” In South Asia, Bhutan ranks highly in economic freedom and per capita income and ranks low in corruption.

CHIEF OF STATE
King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Lotay Tshering
POPULATION
741,700
CHRISTIANS
1.4%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
43
REFUGEES
23,833
LIFE EXPECTANCY
68.3 yrs
LITERACY RATE
52.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
12%
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