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

Pray for Iraq - facebook page

The children of Yazidi women raped by Islamic State men will be welcomed back into the minority faith. This allows women taken as slaves by the militant group to return to Iraq from Syria. The children of the formerly enslaved women will be treated as members of the faith. This will resolve one of the most difficult questions facing the community since the Islamic State group’s 2014 campaign to try to exterminate the minority. Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish regional government asked for continued U.S. support to allow displaced Iraqis to return home. Yazidis were forced to flee their homes when the Islamic State militants attacked their communities. Pray that the children of misery will find a new hope. Pray that the displaced millions will have a new beginning (The Bible, 1 Peter 1:3).

Iraq: Yazidis to accept children of IS rape into community

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

Pray for Sri Lanka - facebook page

Though religious tensions have been increasing in Sri Lanka, they have largely been tensions between radical Buddhist nationalists and their agenda against both Muslims and Christians. Now the Islamic State is taking responsibility for suicide bombings on Easter Sunday which killed more than 300 people in tourist hotels and a well attended church. Pray that many people in Sri Lanka will have their eyes opened to the terrible agenda of religious hatred. Pray that the love, comfort and healing that only Jesus can bring will touch the lives of many people. Ask God to bring glory to His Name in the midst of tragedy (The Bible, John 14:13).

How Sri Lanka’s Christians Became a Target (The Atlantic)