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

Pray for Eritrea - facebook page

Nicknamed the ‘North Korea of Africa' due to a repressive government, Eritrea’s dictatorial regime continues to drive a mass exodus of Christians out of the country. Eritreans are the fourth most common group seeking asylum in Europe. Meanwhile, radical Islam grows in size and influence in the nation. The president has said Christianity and capitalism will weaken the country in the face of radical Muslims who desire Islamization. Just as many Christians as Muslims live in Eritrea. According to VOM, “Many (detained Christians) are held in metal shipping containers with no ventilation or toilet facilities.” The UN has called for an investigation into Eritrean leaders’ alleged crimes against humanity. This year the increased openness between Eritrea and Ethiopia has brought some hope of potential future change.

Praise Report
Praise God that Ethiopia and Eritrea have normalized their relations after decades of tensions. Pray that progress will not be stalled (The Bible, Deuteronomy 23:21).

Prayer Requests
For so many people, the future looks bleak with forced military conscription, lack of job opportunities, and little regard for human rights. Pray that God will strengthen Christian Believers in this nation (The Bible, Psalm 27:14).
Pray for the large Eritrean orthodox and catholic churches to experience the Holy Spirit’s renewal of their ancient faith (The Bible, Psalm 104:29-31).

Call to Salvation
Pray that many who lack hope for their future will find the hope they need through salvation in Jesus Christ (The Bible, Isaiah 57:10).

Sources: WIN
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

Tibet is a Himalayan state considered a part of China. Many desire that Tibet be its own country in its own right. China massacred more than a million people in its reinvasion of Tibet many years ago, but freedom has never been restored and tensions remain high. Chinese surveillance in Tibet and of Tibetan people around the world is all-pervasive. This year there are reports of China introducing facial recognition technology to increase its control over its ethnic minorities. Tibet’s exiled Buddhist spiritual leader is the Dalai Lama. He is seen by his followers as a living god, but by China as a separatist threat. With the tacit approval of Chinese authorities, Christian missionaries function freely in Tibet. The Chinese government views Christian missionaries as a counterforce to Tibetan Buddhism and as a boon to the local economy.

Praise Report
Praise God for the relative freedom that Christian missionaries experience in Tibet. Pray that they will have great wisdom and boldness to share the Gospel widely (The Bible, Proverbs 28:1).

Prayer Requests
Pray that Tibetan people will have many opportunities to hear the Gospel through the internet, mobile devices and printed literature (The Bible, John 10:27).
Since there is so little kindness and grace shown towards Tibetan people living in China, pray that the love, kindness and acceptance of Jesus will transform their lives (The Bible, Romans 2:4).

Call to Salvation
Pray for the salvation of the Dalai Lama and many other Buddhist monks (The Bible, Hebrews 2:3).

Sources: WIN
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

When most people think of Syria, they think of the devastation of war, levelled buildings, and masses of refugees. But Syria is home to historical cities that predate the broken buildings and refugees by millennia. In fact, its capital city, Damascus, is one of the oldest inhabited areas in the world. Syria's location on the fertile Mediterranean coast has historically made agriculture and tourism a critical part of its struggling economy. War, violence, and terrorism have shattered and decimated this nation. Hundreds of thousands have lost their lives. Millions have been forced from their homes, leading to a mass humanitarian crisis of historic proportions. War crimes, such as chemical warfare, have been reported on all sides, leading to unspeakable horrors among Syrian civilians. Capitalizing on Syria’s instability and chaos, IS has started a “war within a war” - taking control of huge areas across northern and eastern Syria. IS has brought nothing but terror and suffering to an already terrorized people. These complex conflicts and the resulting humanitarian crisis have led to one of the largest recently recorded refugee exoduses.

Praise Report
Praise God that He continues to draw Syrians to Himself bringing them out of the ashes of death into new life. Keeping the faith-filled New Testament Church of Antioch before them, many persecuted Syrian believers are rediscovering the zeal and faith of their fathers (The Bible, Acts 15:23).

Prayer Request
As the war keeps raging in Syria, support for basic necessities is still very much needed. Pray that God will restore peace and make an end to the fighting in Syria as all things are possible with Him (The Bible, Mark 10:27).
Pray for physical and emotional healing of those who were directly harmed by attacks.
Pray that God will heal their wounds and comfort them (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 1:3).

Call to Salvation
Pray for the suffering Syrians. Pray that in the depths of their suffering, they will come to Christ who knows the pain that they are experiencing and wants a relationship with them (The Bible, Luke 9:11).

Source: WIN
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

Squashed in between Russia and China, Mongolia thrives by allowing religious freedom. A young democracy, this year Mongolia has struggled with accusations of corruption and protests demanding greater change. Mongolia’s economy continues to improve despite harsh winters. A third of Mongolia’s population lives in the capital, Ulaanbataar, while nearly half of the country's workforce is nomadic. In 1989, less than a handful of Christian Mongols lived in the country, while now 100,000 Christian Believers are thought to exist. In Ulaanbataar alone, there are approximately 200 Churches. In addition, there are small gatherings of Christian Believers in every province.

Praise Report
According to Operation World, “Christianity in Mongolia is a reality for the first time in modern history.” Praise God for the growing Church (The Bible, Acts 2:21).

Prayer Requests
The government was elected on the promise of bringing economic and social reforms. Pray that God will give them great wisdom to bring about changes necessary to bring blessing to the people (The Bible, Genesis 49:26).
While the Church has grown rapidly, the practice of ancient Shamanism has also experienced a resurgence. Pray that this spiritual stronghold will be uprooted (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Call to Salvation
Pray that those who are dissatisfied with the pace of progress, will also be dissatisfied with the spiritual state of the nation. May their hunger and thirst lead them to Jesus (The Bible, Isaiah 49:10).

Sources: WIN