Day 11

Laos, Southeast Asia
Population: 6,912,000
Chief of State: President Chuomaly Sayasone
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong
Christians: 3.2%
Evangelical Christians: 2.1%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 19th
Life Expectancy: 63.88 Years
Literacy Rate: 73%
Population Below Poverty Line: 22%
Refugees Living in Laos: 7,559

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Laos is one of the world’s few remaining communist states, enduring as a one-party socialist Marxist republic supported financially by China and Vietnam. Economic growth remained high but debt remains huge. Progress was made in the last year, with poverty now halved, and education and health outcomes improved. Drought has badly impacted rice farmers this year. Persecution against Christian Believers has increased in recent years. The long-standing domination of Buddhism violently attacks Christians. The Communists also want to see Believers eliminated as it considers Christianity a foreign intrusion. However, in spite of persecution, the Christian community grows with bold Believers.

Praise Report
Praise God for discipleship programs for new Believers that have been successfully held in Laos this year (The Bible, Matthew 11:29).

Prayer Requests
Churches have been randomly raided, with their property confiscated and pastors and leaders jailed. Pray for their faith to be strengthened (The Bible, 1 Chronicles 19:13).
Pray for the government to address their high debt and begin to meet the felt needs of their impoverished population (The Bible, Proverbs 22:26).

Call to Salvation
Pray for the salvation of those in authority (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-4).

Sources: WIN

Severe Drought in Mekong Region Reduces Rice Planting in Laos (Relief Web)

Western Sahara, North Africa
Population: 571,000
Chief of State: President Mohamed Abdelaziz
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdelkader Taleb Oumar
Christians: 0.0%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 62.64 Years
Literacy Rate: Unknown
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Western Sahara: 117,659

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Western Sahara has been occupied throughout its history. Once under Spanish rule, the land was later divided between Morocco and Mauritania. When Mauritania removed its claim, Morocco advanced. The Polisario Front contested Morocco's occupation, which led to decades of guerrilla warfare, ending with a 1991 cease-fire. The promised referendum, in which Western Sahara would be given a choice between independence and integration into Morocco, has yet to be offered. The earthen wall, erected by the Moroccan government, outlines the land that Morocco successfully occupied. The Polisario, and the Saharawi people, continue their call for independence and the ability to return to their homeland. Decades of conflict and continued disputes have caused much suffering. Considered almost entirely Muslim, most of the Saharawi people have little to no possibility of hearing the Gospel, though there are a handful of isolated believers. The plight of the refugees has opened doors for humanitarian and Christian aid, providing opportunities to spread the love of Christ.

Praise Report
Praise God for the opportunities to spread the love of Christ in Western Sahara. It is estimated that there are only a few Christian workers in the whole country, making it so that about 80% of its population have never heard the Gospel (The Bible, 1 Thessalonians 3:2).

Prayer Request
Pray that God will raise up more workers for the harvest in Western Sahara and that He will protect and encourage the few workers that are there (The Bible, Matthew 9:37).
Pray that there will be a miraculous resolution of the decades-long conflict with Morocco and hatred will be overcome by love (The Bible, Proverbs 10:12).

Call to Salvation
Pray the power of the Gospel will be made known among the 100,000 Saharawi refugees in Algeria (The Bible, Psalm 31:2).

Source: WIN