Day 15

Iraq, Middle East
Population: 37,056,000
Chief of State: President Faud Masum
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi
Christians: 1.4%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Shia Islam
Persecution Ranking: 13th
Life Expectancy: 71.7 Years
Literacy Rate: 80.2%
Population Below Poverty Line: 18.7%
Refugees Living in Iraq: 4,026,483

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Iraq is known as the “cradle of civilization.” Modern Iraq occupies what was once ancient Mesopotamia. Yet today the world knows Iraq less as a memorial to its vibrant history and more as a bloody battleground. All solutions have failed - giving only brief periods of respite followed by continued sectarian violence and terrorism. The Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish people groups composing the majority of modern-day Iraq have been in conflict with each other for centuries. The Assyrian Church of the East, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Syrian Catholic Church, the Chaldean Catholic Church and the Armenian Orthodox Church are all seriously affected by persecution in Iraq, especially from Islamic extremist movements and non-Christian leaders. They also face discrimination from government authorities. In central and southern Iraq, Christians often do not publicly display Christian symbols, such as a cross, as this can lead to harassment or discrimination at checkpoints, universities, government buildings and in workplaces.

Praise Report
Praise God that the extreme violence perpetrated by IS in recent years has led to revival, resulting in many Iraqis, including traditional Christians, seeking a saving faith in Christ and becoming bold witnesses (The Bible, Acts 22:15).

Prayer Request
Pray that the Iraqi Believers will courageously stand firm in their faith despite persecution and terror and losses in life (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:13).

Call to Salvation
Pray that God’s work of healing, provision and restoration will takes place leading to a stable democratic government and that the next generation of Christians in Iraq will find hope and security to remain in their country as salt and light (The Bible, Matthew 5:13).

Source: WIN
Sri Lanka, South Asia
Population: 22,053,000
Chief of State: President Maithripala Sirisena
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Christians: 2.0%
Evangelical Christians: Unknown
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 46th
Life Expectancy: 76.56 Years
Literacy Rate: 98.1%
Population Below Poverty Line: 8.9%
Refugees Living in Sri Lanka: 33,170

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Twenty-six years of civil war pitted Sri Lanka’s government forces, representing the Buddhist Sinhala majority, against Hindu Tamil separatists. The conflict resulted in upwards of 100,000 deaths. Although the conflict ended in 2009, tensions and accusations remain and promised truth and reconciliation commissions have not yet been successfully carried out. Sri Lanka has the longest continuous history of Buddhism of any predominately Buddhist nation. Buddhism combined with nationalism results in a surge of violent persecution towards all who are not Buddhist. This year the tragic Easter Sunday bombings of three hotels and three churches resulted in more than 320 deaths. The bombings were claimed by IS.

Praise Report
Praise God for testimonies of Christians extending forgiveness to the bombers even though so many lives, including many children, were lost (The Bible, Psalm 32:1).

Prayer Requests
Pray that the legacy of the Easter bombings may be an increasing vigilance against religious extremism of all kinds (The Bible, 2 Timothy 2:19).
Bless this nation with the ministry of reconciliation that is needed to heal the wounds of its past (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18).

Call to Salvation
Anti-Muslim sentiment has increased since the Easter terror attacks. Pray that more Muslims will come to faith in Jesus (The Bible, Isaiah 26:3).

Sources: WIN