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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Oman will be the first Gulf monarchy to open an embassy in Ramallah. Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said appeared to step up talks with both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships in late 2018. For many the tiny Gulf country came across as an unlikely arbitrator to take up the job of resolving one of the world's longest-running conflicts. Although the Sultanate sought to ease the deadlock between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, it denied being a mediator between the two parties. The announcement of the opening of an embassy in Ramallah, the administrative center of the Palestinian Authority, is yet another step towards positioning itself as a neutral diplomatic channel in the Middle East.

Pray for the long running conflict will be resolved.
Pray that the advisory role of Oman will bring relief (The Bible, Exodus 18:19).

What makes Oman the first Gulf state to open an embassy in Palestine

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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In the lead up to the presidential elections, a number of protests were held, a rare occurrence in a nation which bans them. Many of the protestors were young people, expressing dissatisfaction with the dictatorship, and a desire for greater freedom and change. The government’s tightly controlled election process has left young people feeling powerless and without a voice.

Pray that God will turn this dissatisfaction into a hunger for spiritual hope and meaning in life (The Bible, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

Kazakhstan election: Rare protests in a country that bans dissent (BBC)