Day 30

Eritrea, East Africa
Population: 6,528,000
Chief of State: President Isaias Afewerki
Head of Gov.: President Isaias Afewerki
Christians: 48.8%
Evangelical Christians: 2.1%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 7th
Life Expectancy: 63.81 Years
Literacy Rate: 80%
Population Below Poverty Line: 50%
Refugees Living in Eritrea: 2,920

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The Catholic Church in Eritrea has challenged the government over its seizure and closure of health facilities operated by the Church. A letter to the government has said that the provision of social and health services cannot be construed as opposition to the government. The Church says that the government can ask the Church to stop running its community services, but that taking over the properties isn’t right.

Pray that the Church will have wisdom about how it stands up to the government.
Pray for favor and ask that all properties and services run by the Church will be returned to them (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7).

When the church takes on the state: Eritrea joins DRC, Burundi (Africa News)

Tibet, South Asia
Population: 7,800,000
Chief of State: Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay
Christians: 0.3%
Evangelical Christians: >0.1%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 67 Years
Literacy Rate: 35.5%
Population Below Poverty Line: >70%
Refugees Living in Tibet: 150,000

Pray4Tibet Facebook Page

Tibetan president-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, says Tibetans are also being held in detention camps like the Uyghurs in northwestern China. Though the camps are not as large, Tibetans are sent there for re-education through labor, imprisonment and detention. He calls the international community to respond. We continue to declare that Jesus loves the Tibetan people and has a plan and purpose for them as a people group.

Pray that there will be many more Tibetans who will be among the crowds of worshippers around Jesus’ throne one day (The Bible, Revelation 5:9-10).

Lobsang Sangay: Tibetans being detained in camps by Chinese (BBC)

Syria, Middle East
Population: 17,065,000
Chief of State: President Bashar al-Assad
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi
Christians: 5.9%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 11th
Life Expectancy: 55.7 Years
Literacy Rate: 79.6%
Population Below Poverty Line: 11.9%
Refugees Living in Syria: 7,947,655

Pray for Syria - facebook page

People live in fear as assault intensifies in Idlib, Syria. Trying to find home comfort, life of Syrian children in opposition-held areas is at risk as bombs drop around them. The United Nations has condemned the death of hundreds of Syrian civilians living in areas controlled by rebels. The Syrian government and its Russian allies have been bombing areas in the provinces of Idlib and Hama for more than two months. Activists say around two children are being killed every day. Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr has been monitoring developments from neighboring Lebanon.

Pray that the escalation of war will stop and the dying children saved.
Pray that the families and children will find safe dwelling places (The Bible, Psalm 27:5).

Syria's war: People live in fear as assault intensifies in Idlib

Mongolia, North Asia
Population: 2,993,000
Chief of State: President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Chimediin Saikhanbileg
Christians: 1.7%
Evangelical Christians: 1.1%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 69.57 Years
Literacy Rate: 97.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 29.8%
Refugees Living in Mongolia: 31

Pray4Mongolia Facebook Page

In 1992 an eleven-year-old boy, Enkhmunkh, heard the Gospel for the first time when he saw the Jesus film. He soon gave his life to Christ and started attending a church pastored by a Korean missionary. As an adult he attended Bible College and seminary, then planted his own church in 2003. With three other Mongolian staff, their team has planted three churches in Mongolia and more in the surrounding region. Their vision is to see all-Mongolian led churches capture a vision to send missionaries across the historic kingdom of Genghis Khan, which extended from Japan to Jerusalem.

Pray that the Mongolian church will grow strong in number and faith (The Bible, Psalm 96:3).