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: 27th
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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The world’s most populous country, China is also the world’s second largest by land area. Chinese expansion was challenged as a dispute developed further with six Asian nations over territory China claimed in the South China Sea. With a focus on nationalism, the Communist government tries to maintain social order by prohibiting large meetings and some social media sites. Mission organizations say that the church is the largest social force in China not controlled by the Communist Party. This year China has drawn international criticism for the treatment of its Muslim minority groups. This year, the authorities have also continued their harshest crack down on Christianity since the cultural revolution. Even the Bible is being “rewritten” to better reflect the government’s communist worldview.

Praise Report
Praise God for Chinese missionaries that are being sent out into neighboring nations to share the Gospel (The Bible, Isaiah 45:22).

Prayer Requests
Bless church leaders with supernatural wisdom in these days. Bless them also with unity with one another (The Bible,1 Corinthians 1:10).
Pray that Chinese Muslims will come to know Jesus Christ like never before in this nation’s history (The Bible, Habakkuk 2:3).

Call to Salvation
Pray for the young generation of Chinese to experience a hunger for truth and freedom that leads them to salvation (The Bible, Luke 6:21).

Sources: WIN
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: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 62.79 Years
Literacy Rate: 70%
Population Below Poverty Line: 18.8%
Refugees Living in Djibouti: 24,362

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The hottest and third smallest nation on earth, Djibouti faces great challenges. President Ismail Omar Guelleh has held a grip on the nation for nearly two decades, and he controls and stifles freedoms. Jihadi fighters travel through Djibouti on their trek between the Middle East and Africa, and nearly 100,000 African migrants, mainly Ethiopians, also pass through Djibouti. Despite being surrounded by strife-ridden nations, Djibouti itself is praised for its stability, making it an attractive destination of major international military bases and enormous sea ports. The Church is largely made up of Christians from neighboring nations, with church growth among the indigenous people very limited.

Praise Report
Praise God for the political stability and peace that has characterized this nation surrounded by the tremendous problems faced by its neighbors (The Bible, Psalm 37:5).

Prayer Requests
Pray for the well established churches caring for various immigrant populations to develop a strong vision to reach the local community with the good news of Jesus Christ (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:58).
Pray that the major international ports and military bases will also bring very real employment and opportunities into this tiny nation (The Bible, Proverbs 10:22).

Call to Salvation
Speak into the darkness and call forth a harvest for God’s Kingdom. Thank God that His heart is that many should come to a saving knowledge of Jesus (The Bible, Malachi 1:11).

Sources: WIN