Day 24

Libya, North Africa
Population: 6,412,000
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Fayez al - Sarraj
Christians: 3.2%
Evangelical Christians: 0.3%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 4th
Life Expectancy: 78.34 Years
Literacy Rate: 94.2%
Population Below Poverty Line: 32%
Refugees Living in Libya: 399,935

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After the ouster of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya plunged into chaos and anarchy‚Äďa situation that has enabled various Islamic militant groups to control parts of the country. Libya is experiencing tribal unrest, civil war, multiple governments claiming authority, poorly resourced medical care, and is the epicentre of human trafficking across the Mediterranean Sea. It is also facing pockets of extremism, including IS. There are very few national Christians and most foreigners have had to leave the country. Converts to Christianity face abuse and violence for their decision to follow Christ. They are not allowed to hold church services, evangelize, or own Bibles. Libya is also home to many migrant workers who have been attacked, sexually assaulted and detained, which can be even worse if it is discovered they are Christians. IS has built secret prisons where many Christians are held for months or years in terrible conditions. The captives are tortured, starved, and often forced to convert. Even when the Libyan military pushes IS out of an area, their prisoners are not released. Suspected of being collaborators, many Christians remain trapped in their cells. They feel hopeless and afraid, kept from their families and not allowed have contact with the outside world.

Praise Report
Praise God for the radio and satellite television providing two of the very few ways to evangelize Libyans with creative and effective programs. Praise God for the isolated Christian converts in Libya that they will find other believers and be encouraged in their faith (The Bible, Acts 15:32).

Prayer Request
Pray that God will disrupt the plans of IS in Libya to show them His mercy, grace and sovereignty over all. Pray that the Christian migrant workers will get protection (The Bible, Psalm 94:23).
Pray that stability and the rule of law will improve in Libya, and enable more rights for religious minorities. Pray that the war-shattered country will rise up from the ruins and the war ravaged people will find a peaceful living (The Bible, Matthew 11:28).

Call to Salvation
Pray that with greater religious freedom more will hear the Gospel and be able to follow Jesus Christ openly. Pray that the work on translating Scripture into Libyan Arabic will continue and Libyans will read or hear the gospel in their heart language soon (The Bible, Isaiah 66:18).

Source: WIN
Malaysia, Southeast Asia
Population: 30,514,000
Chief of State: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Muhammad V
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
Christians: 8.4%
Evangelical Christians: 3.2%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 42nd
Life Expectancy: 74.75 Years
Literacy Rate: 93.1%
Population Below Poverty Line: 3.8%
Refugees Living in Malaysia: 270,621

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Though it is relatively stable, ethnic and religious divides characterize this nation. Mahathir Mohamad became prime minister in May 2018 after his shock election victory over the coalition that has ruled the nation for the last 60 years. The hoped for changes towards decreasing ethnic tensions, addressing human rights, freedom of religion and corruption have been evident but perhaps slower than desired. Fundamentalist Muslims carry a significant presence in Malaysia. Over the past several years, the previous government had launched an unprecedented crackdown to silence, harass and lock up hundreds of critics. A whistle-blower also suggested the authorities were behind the kidnapping of Christian pastors and outspoken activists.

Praise Report
Praise God for deputy minister, Hannah Yeoh, who is a born again Christian committed to making a difference through the current ruling political party (The Bible, Psalm 25:5).

Prayer Requests
In February 2017, Pastor Raymond Koh was abducted. A whistle-blower said that authorities were behind his and other abductions. Pray that his family will know if he is still alive. Pray that the truth will be pursued by the new government (The Bible, Jeremiah 5:1).
Pray that the government will have wisdom to know how to bring in changes that will be a blessing to the nation and its people (The Bible, Malachi 3:10).

Call to Salvation
Pray that those who are seeking for spiritual truth and meaning in life will be drawn to the Gospel (The Bible, Romans 2:8).

Sources: WIN