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: 9th
Life Expectancy: 65.18 Years
Literacy Rate: 63.9%
Population Below Poverty Line: 54%
Refugees Living in Yemen: 686,217

Pray for Yemen - facebook page

Representatives of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government and Houthi rebels held their first face-to-face talks in Sweden, as the UN announced it was seeking $4 billion to provide humanitarian aid to the war-stricken nation. A first step towards trying to resolve the Yemen conflict was reached in Sweden, when Houthi and Yemeni government representatives held direct talks over a planned prisoner exchange. Negotiations over a prisoner swap between the two warring sides are one of several confidence-building measures aimed at trying to end the devastating war in the world’s poorest Arab nation. Pray that a covenant of peace will be established to end every conflict. Pray that the people will attain a chance of peaceful living (The Bible, Ezekiel 37:26).

Yemen’s warring factions hold first direct talks in Sweden

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: 18th
Life Expectancy: 73.16 Years
Literacy Rate: 94%
Population Below Poverty Line: 11.3%
Refugees Living in Vietnam: 11,000

Pray for Vietnam - facebook page

Marin is a local nonprofit organization that helps Vietnamese families locate the remains of their loved ones. The remains of more than 300,000 Vietnamese soldiers are still missing since the war. Resources devoted to finding these remains are only a fraction of those devoted to finding the remains of the 1,600 missing American soldiers. In the ancestor worship culture of Vietnam, unless the dead are buried where the relatives can pray and honor them, their souls may become lost. Pray that the families of these missing soldiers will find peace in Jesus Christ (The Bible, 2 Thessalonians 3:16).

Vietnam’s Sad Hunt: 300,000 Missing Souls (New York Times)