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: 8th
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 Iraqi Cabinet approved a law to mark Christmas Day, December 25, as an official holiday across the country. The Cabinet voted on an amendment to the national holidays law in the country that Christmas Day is a holiday for all Iraqis, and not only for the Christian community. There were about 1.4 million Christians in the country. Their numbers have dwindled to roughly 300,000 after hundreds of thousands fled the country following violence and attacks by various armed groups over the years. Pray that the people will realize the need of their life Savior and commit to Him. Pray that the specialization of the day will increase faith in the Believers (The Bible, Psalm 118:24).

Iraq officially makes Christmas Day a national holiday

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: 44th
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

Observers say that 2018 will long be remembered as a year of unprecedented political turmoil for the nation. The power struggle between president and prime minister saw the president sack the prime minister, leaving the nation without a functioning government for two months. The court ruled that the prime minister must be reinstated, but the world still is waiting to see if the two leaders can work together to lead the nation into this new year. Pray that the leaders and others in authority will have humility to put the needs of the nation ahead of personal agendas (The Bible, 2 Kings 22:19).

2018 will be remembered for worst political crisis in Sri Lanka’s history (Financial Express)