Day 13

Nepal, South Asia
Population: 31,551,000
Chief of State: President Bidhya Devi Bhandari
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli
Christians: 0.9%
Evangelical Christians: Unknown
Dominant Religion: Hinduism
Persecution Ranking:32nd
Life Expectancy: 67.52 Years
Literacy Rate: 66%
Population Below Poverty Line: 25.2%
Refugees Living in Nepal: 39,012

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Nepal is famous for its high mountains and for its devastating earthquake that shook the nation in 2015. Recovery from the earthquake continues very slowly and the government has been accused of failing marginalized survivors, breaching both the Constitution and international human rights law. An extremely poor country, Nepal’s economy relies on international aid. Human trafficking and corruption remain major problems. With the majority of its people claiming Hinduism, Nepal has joined India as the world’s only official Hindu nations. Freedom of religion was enacted in 2006, but persecution has intensified. In the last year, new laws introduced to prevent religious conversion, were tightened again.

Praise Report
Praise God that a number of Christians who have been charged under the new religious laws have been miraculously set free without consequences (The Bible, Psalm 146:7).

Prayer Requests
Nepali church planters have been very successful in seeing people come to faith in Jesus Christ and see new church fellowships born. Pray that these new churches will multiply themselves (The Bible, Acts 16:5).
Pray that the Church will grow in unity and love for one another this year, breaking down the caste divides in society (The Bible, John 13:35).

Call to Salvation
Pray that rich people, poor people, those with influence, and those who are marginalized will all experience the love of Christ (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:15).

Sources: WIN
United Arab Emirates
Population: 5,780,000
Chief of State: President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nuhyan
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Christians: 8.0%
Evangelical Christians: 1.4%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 45th
Life Expectancy: 76.96 Years
Literacy Rate: 77.9%
Population Below Poverty Line: 19.5%
Refugees Living in United Arab Emirates: 633

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The UAE is a federation of seven states, called emirates, ruled by tribal chiefs called Sheiks or Emirs. The largest and richest of the emirates is Abu Dhabi with significant oil and gas reserves. The development of the oil and financial industries in the UAE has brought fabulous wealth and rapid modernization. Millions of expatriates have come from around the world to work. The pride of status and prestige has its grip on the UAE. The culture is marked by using money to gain personal power and glory. Expo2020 will be held in Dubai in 2020. This is a global event when millions from around the world will come to the UAE. Because Islam dominates public life, Christian converts often lose their inheritance and parental rights, are forced to marry, are fired or are required to work for free. To avoid the death penalty or other penalties, they often feel like they must hide their faith or flee to another country due to fears of persecution. Evangelism is also prohibited, but non-Muslims can worship in dedicated buildings or private homes.

Praise Report
Praise God for the few churches in the UAE trying to meet the demands; especially since it has become harder to use hotels and schools for gatherings (The Bible, Acts 14:27).

Prayer Request
Pray that the key leaders: Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahayan (President), Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (Vice President and Prime Minister), and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahayan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi) will rule wisely and bring peace and justice to their respective emirates (The Bible, Psalm 2:10).
Pray that Christian converts will reveal their faith in Jesus. Pray that Christian women who convert from Islam and lose their rights to possessions and their children will stay strong (The Bible, Mark 8:35).

Call to Salvation
Pray that the expatriate Christians will demonstrate Christ in their words and deeds with discernment and confidence. Pray that the English, Arabic, Urdu, Filipino and Indian language worship groups and congregations will attract new comers (The Bible, Matthew 5:16)

Source: WIN