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

Pray for Israel - facebook page

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's incumbent prime minister faces a slew of corruption charges and yet has been retained by his party as the candidate for the top job yet again. The ruling Likud party has categorically declined to nominate anyone else. He is now the longest serving prime minister in Israeli history.

Pray for God's wisdom and His grace for the nation of Israel as they get ready for yet another election this year (The Bible, James 1:5).

Israel's Likud Rules out Netanyahu Stepping Aside

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

Pray for Tajikistan - facebook page

Day laborers gather in several places around the country, waiting for employers to come. About seven years ago, one of the gathering points began to see women join their ranks. Now up to 100 women meet there hoping for work that day. They are employed to make bricks, wash dishes, build sheds, or work in fields. Its hard work for very little pay. Most of these women have been divorced or abandoned by their husbands who have gone to other countries looking for work.

Pray for safety over these women, and ask God that honest employers will pay them fairly for their work.
Pray that these women might find joy in the Lord (The Bible, Nehemiah 8:10).

Tajikistan’s female laborers battle life’s crushing adversities (Eurasianet)