Day 19

Taiwan, East Asia
Population: 23,415,000
Chief of State: President Tsai Ing-wen
Head of Gov.: Premier Mao Chi-kuo
Christians: 4.2%
Evangelical Christians: 1.5%
Dominant Religion: Ethnic Religions
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 78.97 Years
Literacy Rate: 98.29%
Population Below Poverty Line: 1.5%
Refugees Living in Taiwan: Unknown

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Although Taiwan has enjoyed relative independence for more than 60 years, in the last two years China has increased its intimidation of the tiny island nation. China's overall strategy continues to use both persuasion and coercion to hinder the development of attitudes favoring independence in the “rebel” Taiwan. China’s focus on building military strength is seen as a threat by Taiwan as it continues to maintain its autonomy. Taiwan has continued to foster connections with sympathetic international allies. With a strong economy, Taiwan is a leader in computer technology. Unlike China, Taiwan seems more committed to freedom of religion though Christians only make up six percent of the population. Most are committed to the traditional ethnic religion.

Praise Report
Praise God that some Taiwanese churches have started new outreach ministries reaching out to the ethnic minorities in Taiwan (The Bible, Romans 3:22).

Prayer Requests
Pray that the government will have wisdom and seek people to give them wisdom as they respond to China’s threatening stance. Ask God for peace and His way forward (The Bible, Proverbs 29:11).
Many people actively practice idol and ancestor worship, making it very difficult to become a Christian as it means turning their backs on the traditional practices. Pray for courage (The Bible, 1 Chronicles 16:26).

Call to Salvation
Pray that many people will sense the emptiness in their hearts and recognize their need for a Savior (The Bible, Isaiah 43:1).

Sources: WIN
Bahrain, Arabian Peninsula
Population: 1,347,000
Chief of State: King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Khalifa ibn Salman Al Khalifa
Christians: 8.2%
Evangelical Christians: 2.3%
Dominant Religion: Shia Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 78.73 Years
Literacy Rate: 94.6%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Bahrain: 353

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Bahrain means "two bodies of water": the salt water ocean surrounding it is one body of water, and the other is the fresh water that used to spring up in the various oases in Bahrain. Because of its location in the center of Gulf shipping, Bahrain has been cosmopolitan and free thinking for centuries. The Kingdom of Bahrain is the most open island country in the Gulf region and opened its doors to some Christian influence. The constitution of Bahrain imposes no restrictions on the right to choose or practice one's religion, but neither is there any law to prevent discrimination. Converts from Islam to Christianity are shunned by society and sometimes subjected to physical abuse. Most Christians in Bahrain are expatriate workers. Many of the expatriate churches are now catching the vision of making disciples. There is a renewed devotion for prayer and witnessing in Bahrain. Encouragingly, there is also an increasing hunger for the Word of God and a willingness to hear the hope of the gospel.

Praise Report
Praise God that Bahrain is an oasis of freedom where Believers can worship and have a significant degree of freedom to serve God and the people in Bahrain (The Bible, Psalm 22:29).

Prayer Request
Pray that the royal Al Khalifa family, leaders, and government officials will work out political and economic differences for the good of the people, resulting in less unrest, increased stability, and improved employment opportunities (The Bible, Isaiah 14:7).
Pray that the expatriate churches like Indian, Filipino, Western, Arabic, will see that the Lord of the Harvest has brought expatriate believers to Bahrain for expanding the kingdom of Christ there (The Bible, Colossians 1:6).

Call to Salvation
Pray that the Lord will raise up a strong, vibrant, mature, local, Bahraini Church as He has promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against it (The Bible, Matthew 16:18).

Source: WIN