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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Less than a year since peace was made between Eritrea and Ethiopia, Eritrea has closed all its borders once more. They have only been closed on the Eritrean side, and Ethiopian government spokesmen said they received no warning or explanation. Pray that the Eritrean government will continue to press into more openness in its nation. Since the borders opened, trade has flourished and families separated when borders closed have been able to visit each other once more. Bless these two nations with open borders, better trade relations and benefits for the people on both sides (The Bible, Psalm 92:13).

Eritrea shuts all borders with Ethiopia – unilaterally (AfricaNews)

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

Tibetans around the world marked the 30th birthday of the Panchen Lama, calling on China to release him. In 1995 the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s religious leader, announced that the next leader would be Gedhun Choekyi Nyima who was six years old at the time. Three days later, Chinese authorities came and took him and his family away. They have not been heard from since. Our Father God knows the whereabouts of this young man and today we pray for his salvation. Ask God to reveal himself to this young man and his family. Pray that many Tibetans will be set free from the strongholds of Tibetan Buddhism (The Bible, Galatians 5:13).

30th Birthday of Tibet’s Missing Panchen Lama Marked With Calls For His Freedom (Radio Free Asia)

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

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An Evangelical Christian church for Muslim converts has opened in the Syrian city of Kobani, previously besieged by the Islamic State. Pointing to the experience of war and the oppressive and hardliner interpretation of Islam promoted by ISIS, worshipers said these factors played a role in their decision to convert. Muslim scholars from around the world have condemned ISIS’ interpretation of Islam, but the faith of some in the Kobani community had been affected by extremist violence. “After the war with Islamic State people were looking for the right path, and distancing themselves from Islam,” Omar Firas, the founder of Kobani's evangelical church, told the news agency. Pray that the Church will flourish and grow. Pray that the Church will do the will of God(The Bible, 1 Peter 2:15).

Evangelical Christian Church For Muslim Converts Opens In Syrian Town Previously Besieged By ISIS

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

When gold and copper deposits were found in the Gobi Desert, the Mongolian government made deals with various mining companies that threatened to take land away from the traditional herding communities that were occupying the land. Recently, a group of herders won a landmark court case against mine owners. The four-year long battle ended with a tripartite settlement between the mining companies, the local town and the herders to coexist on the land. Though mining is a huge multi billion dollar business that frequently seems untouchable, today we bless the mining companies in Mongolia with the conviction of the Holy Spirit to abide by the agreements made (The Bible, Revelation 3:15-17).

'An example to all': the Mongolian herders who took on a corporate behemoth – and won (The Guardian)