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

Pray4Oman Facebook Page

Duqm’s special economic zone is attracting positive attention from around the world because of its economic potential and success, according to Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman’s minister responsible for foreign affairs. He said “The Sultanate of Oman’s unique geographic position makes it a point of interest for many countries across the world. This comes both from the countries which have positive relations with us, and also from those with which we’ve had less interactions in the past. According to him, most of these countries are interested in working with the Special Economic Zone in Duqm, which is getting attention from leading countries in the business world, to develop industries and for re-export.

Pray that improvements in commerce and industry will help people in employment and living.
Pray that with the prominence the country will learn to exalt the living God (The Bible, Psalm 46:10).

Duqm attracting positive attention from world over: Alawi

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

Pray for Kazakhstan - facebook page

When the New Life Protestant Church in the East Kazakhstan Region sought to be re-registered under a new name, its founders began to experience increased harassment from authorities. In one case, police came to various homes late at night, threatening the residents to get them to open the door. It is thought authorities are trying these tactics to get applicants to withdraw from the process.

Pray that this church, and others like it, will stand firm in the face of opposition, and that God will open the doors for them to receive their official registration (The Bible, Ephesians 6:14).

Officials try to force registration signature withdrawals (Forum 18)