Day 18

Yemen, Arabian Peninsula
Population: 26,737,000
Chief of State: President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi
*Mohammed Ali al-Houthi (Current Occupational Leader as of 20 AUG 2015)
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Khaled Bahah
Christians: 0.2%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 8th
Life Expectancy: 65.18 Years
Literacy Rate: 63.9%
Population Below Poverty Line: 54%
Refugees Living in Yemen: 686,217

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Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East and has faced decades of instability. Civil war has gripped the country and left the people in desperate need of humanitarian aid. More than 9,000 Yemenis have been killed, over 50,000 injured and 3 million people have fled their homes. Millions of people face shortages of food and water, and less than half the country’s health facilities are operational. Approximately 16.4 million people currently have no access to healthcare. Cities are continuing to be bombed and the infrastructure is collapsing. There is severe famine in parts of the country. Its few oil fields are not producing. Cholera is epidemic, the currency is collapsing, prices are soaring, and many in the public sector haven’t been paid in over a year. There is also fear that school age boys will be recruited to fight for the Houthis who control large areas of the country. The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is severe as many are starving or on the verge of having nothing to eat. Malnutrition and infant mortality is becoming normal.

Praise Report
Praise God for the church around the world praying, uniting their hearts and crying out to God for His mercy to reign in Yemen (The Bible, Revelation 19:6).

Prayer Request
Pray that the UN and the Saudi-led coalition will work together to reopen ports and resume the delivery of food, medicine and humanitarian aid (The Bible, Isaiah 58:7).
Pray that God will protect the Yemeni people, bring an end to the conflict, and establish His peace in their land (The Bible, Psalm 46:9).

Call to Salvation
Pray that Christian brothers and sisters in Yemen will stay firm and make strong ties with other believers to bring many to Christ (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:13).

Source: WIN
Vietnam, Southeast Asia
Population: 94,349,000
Chief of State: President Trương Tấn Sang
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng
Christians: 9.5%
Evangelical Christians: 1.8%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 20th
Life Expectancy: 73.16 Years
Literacy Rate: 94%
Population Below Poverty Line: 11.3%
Refugees Living in Vietnam: 11,000

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Economic reforms launched in 1986 have brought about significant growth and development; its performance during recent years has been the fastest in the previous ten. Of its 95 million people, 70 percent are under the age of 35. One of the last Communist states in the world, Vietnam’s government exerts great power. The state enforces strict controls over political and religious expression. House churches remain illegal, and churches must register though approval is rarely given. In 2017, churches were attacked, Christian bloggers and pastors were jailed and deported while other Christians fled the nation. Nevertheless, even though Christians are a minority in Vietnam, the numbers of ethnic minority conversions are swelling.

Praise Report
Praise God that a small but flourishing Church is being established. Praise God that there are frequently testimonies of healing and other miracles (The Bible, Matthew 10:8).

Prayer Requests
The Catholic church is by far the largest church in Vietnam. Pray that it might be renewed in its love for Jesus and God’s Word despite the persecution it faces (The Bible, Titus 3:4-6).
Pray for activists, bloggers, and other outspoken critics of the government who face severe persecution. Pray that God might touch their hearts as they long for changes in their nation (The Bible, Psalm 27:14).

Call to Salvation
This year there has been much speculation over the health of President Nguyen Phu Trong, now 75. Pray for his salvation (The Bible, Hebrews 2:3).

Sources: WIN