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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A government approved Three-Self church in the Henan province had the ten commandments displayed at the front of the church near the pulpit. When government officials came to inspect the church, they ordered that the first commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me,” be removed saying it was now national policy. Last year the Chinese government released a White Paper explaining its new policies to reinterpret Christianity and the Scriptures in a way that was acceptable to the government.

Pray that pastors in China will have courage to keep teaching the whole Bible (The Bible, Acts 20:27).

Church told to remove the First Commandment (Barnabas Fund)

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 Afar are traditionally nomadic herders living in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Since national borders and wars have divided their territory, they have become marginalized. Drought has forced many into city slums. Though there is a Bible translation in their language, the Gospel had failed to take root among the Afar until a few years ago when a small number started to follow Jesus. Tribalism and prejudice make it hard for these Believers to meet together.

Pray for a work of the Holy Spirit to break down walls, bring reconciliation and strong community.
Pray for more Afar to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (The Bible, Psalm 5:11).

Afar of Djibouti (30 Days of Prayer)