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

Pray4Qatar Facebook Page

Whiffs of cool breezes seem to be blowing in the usually warm ties between Turkey and Qatar, that have been foul-weather friends to each other. Qatar’s pledge to invest $15 billion in Turkey, made at the height of Turkey’s currency crisis last year, has caused disappointment. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who owes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a debt of gratitude for Ankara’s support against the Saudi-led siege of the tiny emirate, has failed to fully deliver on his promises. Qatari investors have begun to pull out of Turkey in the midst of ongoing economic turmoil. Those who are loath to see the friendship called into question maintain that the investment pledges have been fulfilled.

Pray that the ties of friendship will improve between these countries.
Pray that the economic turmoil will have a mutually benefiting solution (The Bible, Philemon 1:13).

Is Qatar still Turkey’s foul-weather friend?

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

Pray4Turkmenistan Facebook Page

Keen to reduce imports into the country and increase exports, the government monitors what exports are let in. Many food items are being stopped at the border. While the government has introduced policies to increase food security by growing its own crops, the farms and greenhouses are still being built and prepared. Until the food can be provided from within the nation, people are struggling with the food shortages that the border monitoring is causing.

Pray for common sense to prevail and that food will be available for purchase until it can be grown within the nation (The Bible, Isaiah 49:10).

Turkmenistan: Food fighters (Eurasianet)