Day 21

Qatar, Arabian Peninsula
Population: 2,195,000
Chief of State: Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani
Christians: 6.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.8%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 27th
Life Expectancy: 76.58 Years
Literacy Rate: 96.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Qatar: 1,421

Pray4Qatar Facebook Page

Qatar has introduced a massive tax on alcohol, doubling the price after rolling out its ‘sin tax.’ It was introduced after the conservative Muslim Gulf state announced in its annual budget statement that it would introduce a levy on “health-damaging goods.” The issue of alcohol is likely to be a sensitive subject in the run-up to the World Cup in four years’ time. Qatar says the move is to wean people off addictive substances. Pray that this sin tax will bring awareness among the people against the use of liquor. Pray that the people will not fall prey to the pain stricken life and end up with shattered families (The Bible, Proverbs 23:29).

Qatar introduces 100 per cent ‘sin tax’, doubling price of alcohol overnight

Turkmenistan, Central Asia
Population: 5,231,000
Chief of State: President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
Head of Gov.: President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
Christians: 3.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.1%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 19th
Life Expectancy: 69.78 Years
Literacy Rate: 98.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: 30%
Refugees Living in Turkmenistan: 7,546

Pray4Turkmenistan Facebook Page

In the repressive nation of Turkmenistan, social media has long been banned. Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Viber have never been allowed. Even Russian networks Odnoklassniki and VKontakte were banned. Only officially sanctioned media are allowed to operate and internet access is provided solely by the state-owned TurkmenTelecom. In December, the government launched its first privately developed messaging service. The BizBarde app will allow the exchange of messages, files, photos and videos. Even before it was launched, 5000 people had downloaded the test version. Pray that this platform might be used to share the Gospel within this very closed nation (The Bible, 2 Peter 3:9).

Turkmenistan, Where Social Media is Banned, Gets First Messaging App (News18)