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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Brunei has boasted a small but prosperous economy. Its wealthy standard of living surely contributes to the wild popularity of its sultan who provides free health care, housing and education to his countrymen. The nation has begun exploring alternative sources of income as it foresees its oil reserves running out. This year steps were taken in the roll-out of sharia law which Brunei’s Sunni sultan instituted in 2014. Enormous international backlash against the death penalty by stoning for homosexual acts resulted in the Sultan reneging and claiming the death penalty will not be applied, but concerns about the fate of Christians in the country remained out of the spotlight. Propagating any other religion than Islam has become illegal.

Praise Report
Praise God for the bold witness of Malaysian churches in the towns that border Brunei. Pray that more Bruneians will encounter the Gospel when they visit Malaysia (The Bible, Matthew 5:15-16).

Prayer Requests
For many people in Brunei, to be Bruneian is to be Muslim and to become a Christian is to lose your ethnic identity. Pray that God would transform this mindset and replace it with truth (The Bible, Ephesians 1:5-6).
Pray for Christians in this nation to be courageous to meet together and also share their faith with others (The Bible, 1 Chronicles 28:20).

Call to Salvation
Ask that the Loving Heavenly Father would draw many people with His kindness to repentance and faith in Him (The Bible, Romans 2:4).

Sources: WIN
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 was a majority Christian nation before 1970, but war, instability and the growing influence of militant Islam prompted many Christians to leave. There is a unique openness to the Gospel among Arab Muslims in Lebanon who have suffered greatly because of the war in Syria. As Lebanon does have a significant Christian population, it has become a haven for persecuted believers throughout the region. More than one million Syrian refugees have entered the country over the past seven years, increasing Lebanon's population by nearly one-fourth. Despite the country's hardships, many of the evangelical churches in Lebanon have reached out by caring for their emergency needs. In addition to having a reputation of being a free country, Lebanon is highly westernized in urban areas. Those acknowledged as Christians by birth are allowed to worship openly. Yet they can face ongoing harassment from the Muslim majority, such as denial of land acquisition and increased tax rates. More severe forms of persecution occur when believers share their faith or Muslims come to Christ. Christian converts from Islam are persecuted mostly by their families and communities.

Praise Report
Praise God that Lebanon is the only Muslim-majority country in the Middle East where evangelism is still legal. Praise God for the Churches distributing Bibles and Christian literature, along with food and other necessities to the needy people (The Bible, Isaiah 58:7).

Prayer Request
Pray for the one million refugees from hostile and neighboring countries that now live in Lebanon - over 20% of the country’s 4.8 million residents (The Bible, Isaiah 16:3).
Pray for those who placed their faith in Christ, received baptism, and are now actively witnessing to other Syrian Muslims in Lebanon (The Bible, Acts 22:15).

Call to Salvation
Pray that many Lebanese will come to personal faith and deep commitment to the Lord Jesus and become His disciples and draw multitudes to Christ (The Bible, Acts 2:38).

Source: WIN