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Day 20

Brunei, Southeast Asia
Population: 430,000
Chief of State: Sultan and Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah
Head of Gov.: Sultan and Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah
Christians: 11.8%
Evangelical Christians: 5.2%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 36th
Life Expectancy: 76.97 Years
Literacy Rate: 95.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Brunei: 20,524

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It is not easy to be a Christian in Brunei. The Muslim Sultan and Prime Minister have stated their vision is that Brunei will be 100% Muslim by 2035. Despite this, the church has continued to grow. In 2014, 9% of the population were Christians, but in 2018 it had risen to 12%. Though no bookshops inside Brunei sell Bibles, Christian ministries have continued to bring Bibles into the country for distribution.

Pray that the Word of God will be widely read, bringing people the Good New of salvation available through Jesus Christ (The Bible, Isaiah 55:11).

Source: Christians in Brunei (VOM)

Lebanon, Middle East
Population: 6,185,000
Chief of State: [Acting] President Tammam Salam
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Tammam Salam
Christians: 32.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.6%
Dominant Religion: Sunni and Shia Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 75.9 Years
Literacy Rate: 89.6%
Population Below Poverty Line: 28.6%
Refugees Living in Lebanon: 1,167,189

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Lebanon's financial situation is deteriorating amid a rising political divide. International financial institutions say that it is up to the country to restore trust and overcome the current liquidity crisis. A shortage of US dollars is forcing Lebanese authorities to work on new financial instruments and trade mechanisms to import wheat, medicine and fuel, triggering internal tensions and a confidence crisis. Ali Yaacoub, secretary general of the small El-Nahj party, says that Lebanon is accumulating more and more debt each year, and that its dollar reserves are "basically over." "This affects people. Even more importantly, people don't trust the government. They think that the government is corrupted. It has not been like this since the civil war," he said.

Pray that the leaders will look to God for financial sustenance. Pray that the county’s economy will improve and the liquidity crisis will be solved (The Bible, Ecclesiastes 7:12).

Lebanon faces race against time to avoid financial collapse