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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As China takes an increasingly aggressive stance in the South China Sea, a French warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait. This is an unwelcome sign to China that the US allies are asserting their rights to travel through international waters close to China. As a result, China uninvited French participation in an upcoming naval parade. Today we pray for ordinary Taiwan citizens who go about their regular lives despite the growing tensions in and around their tiny nation. Pray that many of them will come to know that Jesus knows them each by name and as a plan for their future (The Bible, Proverbs 19:21).

In Rare Move, French Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait (VOA)

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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A Bahrain rights group said that sexual abuse and torture have been widespread and systematic in jails in the Gulf island nation during a yearlong crackdown. The report was released in Beirut because the group is barred in Bahrain. A Bahrain government spokesperson said in an email that "the Government of Bahrain takes allegations of human rights violations very seriously. Bahrain has a zero-tolerance policy towards mistreatment of any kind and treats such allegations with the utmost seriousness. The Kingdom's independent oversight institutions such as the Ombudsman and Special Investigation Unit will investigate any allegation of mistreatment thoroughly and transparently. Pray that the human rights violations will be stopped. Pray that the victims will get justice (The Bible, Proverbs 21:15).

Rights group: Bahraini authorities abuse, torture detainees