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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Many schools in Israel are showing signs of educational achievement combined with social equality. However, in the absence of a comprehensive strategy and system-wide commitment, these sporadic improvements will never mature into a nation-wide accomplishment that places Israel among those countries which provide the best education. Transformation must start with legislation. The state educational law must merge all movements under a single, core program aligned with the times. It should be complemented by a “teaching profession law” which – similar to other specialties – will set forward the qualifications for becoming an educator and teacher. Pray that the education system will go through lawful advancement. Pray that the educators will listen to God for real transformation (The Bible, Psalm 78:1).

Israel’s Schools Can Still Be Improved

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: 29th
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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Open Doors reports that when officials start confiscating and burning calendars that a Tajik church had printed, it signals the government is becoming even more fastidious in its definitions of Christian literature. Christians have also been warned not to bring children under the age of 10 to “religious meetings” which could include any kind of church event. Pray that the international community will grow in its awareness of this kind of harassment. Pray that God will help Christians to deal with fear, and that any feelings of intimidation will be overcome (The Bible, Ephesians 6:16).

In Tajikistan, Christians are government targets (Mission Network News)