Day 16

Israel, Middle East
Population: 8,049,000
Chief of State: President Reuven Rivlin
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Christians: 1.5%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Judaism
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 81.38 Years
Literacy Rate: 97.1%
Population Below Poverty Line: 21%
Refugees Living in Israel: 45,284

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Israel will be the 10th country to institute what is called the “Nordic Model” of combating abuse of sex workers, human trafficking and prostitution. The law does not only make frequenting prostitutes a criminal offense, it seeks to help people leave sex work and find other careers. It budgets NIS 90 million over the next three years for the rehabilitation of prostitutes. The model has been proven to reduce the demand for prostitution, and as a result lower the number of people who become sex workers and significantly reduce human trafficking. Pray that the criminalization law will enforce purity in sex. Pray that the people will fight sexual immorality and become the holy people of God (The Bible, Ephesians 5:3).

Israel To Become 10th Country To Criminalize Hiring Prostitutes

Tajikistan, Central Asia
Population: 8,192,000
Chief of State: President Emomalii Rahmon
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda
Christians: 1.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.1%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 22nd
Life Expectancy: 67.39 Years
Literacy Rate: 99.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 35.6%
Refugees Living in Tajikistan: 3,590

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The people of Tajikistan's semi-autonomous region of Gorno-Badakhshan have their own distinct culture, language and identity. This region makes up nearly half Tajikistan's geographical size. Since September unrest has been increasing since demonstrations for better infrastructure and jobs resulted in the army coming in to crack down on dissent. Pray that the concerns of this region will be heard. Pray that the unrest will accomplish everything that God wants to bring about amongst these people. Pray that their hearts will be open to the Gospel at this time of uncertainty (The Bible, Isaiah 46:8-11).

Fears of renewed violence in Tajikistan after protests in Khorog (Al Jazeera)