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: 38th
Life Expectancy: 76.58 Years
Literacy Rate: 96.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Qatar: 1,421

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The State of Qatar, an absolute monarchy, has successfully avoided the unrest and violence of the Arab Spring. The Sunni Muslim nation is home to many South and Southeast Asians, Egyptians, Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, and Iranians, who comprise 90% of Qatar’s workforce. Qatar has the highest rate of population growth in the world. The population remains relatively small though, and Qatar has the highest net migration rate in the world. The nation has an emirate government with a mixture of civil and Islamic law. Nearly 80% of the population is Muslim, and it is forbidden to criticize the ruling family or Islam or to share the Gospel. Many expatriates have been forced to leave the country as a result of speaking about Christ. Immigrant Christians are allowed to practice their faith, though they are considered second hand citizens. It is also difficult for Christians to gather together, as government policy strictly regulates the meetings. Even so, land has been offered up to Christian communities to build the first churches in Qatar since the spread of Islam.

Praise Report
Praise God that churches have been unofficially allowed to exist and the government granted permission and gave land for a church complex to be shared by several churches in Qatar(The Bible, Psalm 26:12).

Prayer Request
Pray that the political situation in Qatar will ease as it has been ostracized by its neighboring countries that abruptly cut off the diplomatic relations with it (The Bible, Joshua 10:6).
Pray that in these unstable times, the Qatari people will turn to Jesus to find their ultimate peace, stability, and hope for all of eternity (The Bible, 2 Thessalonians 2:16).

Call to Salvation
Pray that the Christian migrant workers in Qatar helping the country to prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will construct a Christian community by sharing the Gospel in this strict Wahhabi Muslim country (The Bible, Ephesians 2:21).

Source: WIN
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: 23rd
Life Expectancy: 69.78 Years
Literacy Rate: 98.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: 30%
Refugees Living in Turkmenistan: 7,546

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Although a country with mighty oil and gas reserves, this year its struggling economy has resulted in widespread food shortages. Turkmenistan makes its name as one of the most isolated and consolidated authoritarian regimes in the world. It lacks basic freedoms, judicial independence, accountable institutions, and it discriminates against ethnic minorities. Turkmenistan’s dictator seeks to control every aspect of life. The government justifies its tough methods by a need to prevent an escalation of radical Islam and to parry security threats posed by the Taliban and the Islamic State. Though Turkmenistan has a persecution ranking of only 19, the country is still one of the world’s most oppressive. Christians are often labelled as “extremists” and face persecution from authorities and local communities.

Praise Report
Praise God for ministries that help equip and train young Turkmen Christians to know their faith well and share it with others (The Bible, Luke 12:8).

Prayer Requests
According to Human Rights Watch, "Turkmenistan is one of the most repressive countries in the world." Pray for an end to the totalitarian regime of President Berdimuhamedov (The Bible, Isaiah 10:13).
The government refuses to acknowledge its economic crisis, but unemployment is now at 50%, and food and gas shortages are now common (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Call to Salvation
In these uncertain and seemingly bleak times, pray that many will become aware of their spiritual hunger and find faith in Jesus Christ (The Bible, Ephesians 2:1-5).

Sources: WIN