Day 25

Oman, Arabian Peninsula
Population: 4,613,241
Political Leader: P.M. Qaboos bin Said Al-Said
Religions: Muslim 85.9%, Christian 6.5%, Hindu 5.5%, Buddhist 0.8%
Persecution Ranking:44th
Life Expectancy: 75.7 years
Literacy Rate: 93%
Percent of People in Poverty: Not Ranked
Refugees Living in Oman: 5,000

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The Sultanate of Oman is the most eastern Arab nation. It sits on the south-eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. The Sultan of Oman is Sayyid Qaboos bin Said Al Said. He has been in power since ousting his father and is credited with modernising the country. Since he has no heir, the question of who will succeed him concerns many Omanis. Oman is a Majority-Muslim country of around 4.7 million. Islam is practiced by all Omanis, who represent 60 percent of the population. Most Omanis follow the Ibadi branch of Islam, which predates the Sunni and Shia branches. It is a huge part of the Omani identity and a source of great pride. Since Oman is an absolute monarchy, the government expects obedience from its citizens as they are kept under strict surveillance. Leaving Islam is seen as a betrayal to the tribe and family. Pride, diversity, and rapid development describe the country of Oman. The people love the modernization that is re-defining their lives, yet at the same time, cling to traditional values and customs. The conservative and traditional nature of Oman’s Islamic society, combined with material comfort, result in much resistance to the Gospel.

Praise Report
Praise God for Omani international students who have already come to Christ in these countries. A few Omani university students in Oman have given their lives to Christ through the witness of young adult believers in Oman (The Bible, Acts 15:3).

Prayer Request
Pray the Sultan will continue to encourage peace and non-violence. Ask God to raise up a successor who will champion even greater freedom for religious minorities (The Bible, 1 Kings 1:48).
Pray that the experience outside of traditional Omani life will bring them to the Cross of Jesus Christ as they look for answers beyond the borders of their land (The Bible, Luke 2:47).

Call to Salvation
Pray that the cultural stronghold of Ibadism will loosen its grip on the Omani people.
Pray that more Omanis will discover that Christianity is not a Western religion, but a faith that can be practiced by anyone from any nation and in any language and dialect (The Bible, Psalm 67:2).

Source: WIN
Kazakhstan, Central Asia
Population: 18,157,000
Chief of State: President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Karim Massimov
Christians: 21.8%
Evangelical Christians: 0.6%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 34th
Life Expectancy: 70.55 Years
Literacy Rate: 99.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 5.3%
Refugees Living in Kazakhstan: 7,764

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A large country the size of Western Europe, Kazakhstan is the world's leading uranium producer and the economic leader of Central Asia. Soviet-era nuclear testing and toxic waste dumping plagues the nation as well as elevating drug addiction levels and HIV/Aids rates. Despite the Soviet’s best attempt to stifle the Islamic preference of Kazakhstan, it resurged after the Soviet era. More legal restrictions are being imposed. Radical Islam has already been evidenced in Kazakhstan. Unregistered Protestant churches and their Believers suffer the most persecution. In a surprise move, president of 30 years, Nursultan Nazarbayev, resigned in March this year, putting in place his successor. However, the relationship between the two men has deteriorated during this year resulting in political turmoil.

Praise Report
Praise God that Christian people continue to meet for worship and fellowship despite the threats of intimidation and persecution (The Bible, Acts 2:46).

Prayer Requests
The number of court cases against Christians has dramatically increased this year. Pray that court cases will be dropped, and that God will provide financially for any fines required (The Bible, Philippians 4:19).
Bribery and corruption is pervasive, including payments made for favorable court rulings. Pray that sweeping changes might start to expose corruption (The Bible, Jeremiah 22:3).

Call to Salvation
Pray for the salvation of the new president and his family (The Bible, Psalm 80:3).

Sources: WIN

105 administrative prosecutions in January-June 2019 (Forum 18)