Day 17

China, East Asia
Population: 1,367,485,000
Chief of State: President Xi Jinping
Head of Gov.: Premier Li Keqiang
Christians: 7.8%
Evangelical Christians: 6.3%
Dominant Religion: Non-Religious
Persecution Ranking: 43rd
Life Expectancy: 75.3 Years
Literacy Rate: 95.1%
Population Below Poverty Line: 6.1%
Refugees Living in China: 301,519

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It is now clear that the government is undertaking a massive crackdown on religious activity of all kind in China. "New measures" include tightening the control of online religious activities such as live streaming of religious ceremonies, prayers, preaching and burning of incense. Permission will now be required to set up religious websites that must be “morally healthy and politically reliable.” Pray for the many Christian ministries and churches that may be affected by the new rules. Pray that they will have wisdom to know how to respond. Pray that God will encourage His Church in China today (The Bible, 1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Beijing bans online evangelization (Asia news)

Djibouti, East Africa
Population: 828,000
Chief of State: President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed
Christians: 1.8%
Evangelical Christians: 0.1%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 50th
Life Expectancy: 62.79 Years
Literacy Rate: 70%
Population Below Poverty Line: 18.8%
Refugees Living in Djibouti: 24,362

Pray for Djibouti - facebook page

Though Djibouti has been free from polio since 1999, the Ministry of Health, working with partners including UNICEF, carried out a polio National Immunization Day. Polio virus type 2 and 3 has recently been circulating in the Horn of Africa region, so the immunization day was considered appropriate preventative action. Today we bless the children in Djibouti with good health and increased access to and success in education. Pray that children may have the opportunity to hear the Gospel and that these seeds will be protected in their hearts (The Bible, Matthew 13:8).

Djibouti carries out mass immunization to protect children against polio, amid outbreaks in the Horn of Africa (Relief Web)