Day 12

Egypt, North Africa
Population: 88,487,000
Chief of State: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Head of Gov.: [Acting] Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab
Christians: 13.0%
Evangelical Christians: 3.4%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 16th
Life Expectancy: 73.7 Years
Literacy Rate: 73.9%
Population Below Poverty Line: 25.2%
Refugees Living in Egypt: 261,741

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Egypt remains the most populous country in the Arab world and holds great regional and global influence. Amid an increasingly repressive government, Egypt is terrorized by Islamic extremism. Militants led an insurgency, bringing widespread terror and the tragic deaths of thousands. Political unrest has inhibited the nation from addressing economic problems, corruption, and strained resources. Egypt was a Majority-Christian nation and today it remains home to the Middle East’s largest body of Christians - the Coptic Church (12%). Evangelical Christianity is on the rise, though still only about 3% of the population. Yet Islam remains the state religion and the faith of 87% of its people. Though the Egyptian Church has endured persecution, recent instability and the presence of the Islamic State have intensified its suffering. Horrific scenes of church bombings have brought the plight of Egyptian Christians to the world stage. However, even as persecution increases, so does the number of Muslims turning to Christ!

Praise Report
Praise God for those who turned to Christ in spite of the increase in persecution. Praise God for the Church that grew in unity above the theological differences (The Bible, Ephesians 4:13).

Prayer Request
Pray that there will be a stable and trustworthy government to act in the interest of all its people of Egypt (The Bible, Psalm 65:9).
Pray that the Coptic and the Evangelical Christians will withstand the onslaught of the enemy and ultimately win for God (The Bible, Luke 10:19).

Call to Salvation
Pray that the Church will continue to overcome evil with divine forgiveness and God’s glory will be revealed to Egyptians in an unprecedented way (The Bible, 1 Peter 4:13).

Source: WIN
Uzbekistan, Central Asia
Population: 29,200,000
Chief of State: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev
Head of Gov.: Deputy Prime Minister Ulugbek Rozukulov
Christians: 2.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 17th
Life Expectancy: 73.55 Years
Literacy Rate: 99.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: 17%
Refugees Living in Uzbekistan: 86,828

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The gateway from Asia to Europe, Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s most populous country. The lucrative drug trade flows through this gateway, yet the country remains impoverished. Every autumn, the government requires over one million adults and children to pick cotton, ranking Uzbekistan second on the list for global modern day slavery. Since the new government came to power in 2016, there has been an increasing commitment to reforms. This includes the release of religious prisoners and the registering of a church for the first time in eight years. Although it is a secular state promoting Islam, the government opposes Islamization. With an “iron fist,” Uzbek leaders control Islamic factions. With that same “iron fist,” Uzbek authorities target Christian Believers.

Praise Report
Praise God for the registering of the new church. Pray that many will be curious to attend church services (The Bible, John 12:32).

Prayer Requests
Pray for Christians whose churches have been raided and property confiscated to not give in to fear (The Bible, Genesis 15:1).
Many central Asian nations struggle with lack of employment and weak economies. Ask God to release creative solutions to see this situation change (The Bible, Psalm 90:17).

Call to Salvation
Pray for dissatisfaction with the status quo to draw many to search out the Bible for answers leading them to salvation (The Bible, Psalm 5:8).

Sources: WIN