Day 31

East Timor, Southeast Asia
Population: 1,231,000
Chief of State: President Taur Matan Ruak
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo
Christians: 88.1%
Evangelical Christians: 2.2%
Dominant Religion: Christianity
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 69.22 Years
Literacy Rate: 58.6%
Population Below Poverty Line: 41%
Refugees Living in East Timor: 6

Pray4EastTimor Facebook Page

In stark contrast to the young nation's turbulent past, East Timor peacefully transferred power to a younger generation of leaders in 2017. The country, also known as Timor-Leste, had a bloody 24-year resistance against Indonesian occupiers. It is separated from Australia by the Timor Sea, and the two continually squabble over oil and gas resources. This year an international tribunal mediated a maritime border dispute, with Australia relinquishing territory to East Timor. Half of the country still lives in extreme poverty. High levels of youth unemployment fuel gang violence. With nearly 97% of its population being Roman Catholic, it is one of only two predominantly Christian nations in Southeast Asia. Churches face no persecution.

Praise Report
Praise God for the resolution of the maritime border dispute. Pray that Australia will also hand over tens of millions of dollars in royalties from a gas field that now legitimately belongs to East Timor (The Bible, Psalm 18:24).

Prayer Request
East Timor has many social issues, such as poverty, a lack of infrastructure, illiteracy, and one of the worst malnutrition rates in the world. Pray that these issues will be effectively addressed (The Bible, Proverbs 28:19).
East Timor is predominantly Catholic with strong pre-Christian animistic mindsets. Pray that the Holy Spirit will bring renewal to the Church, transforming faith into something real and living (The Bible, Romans 12:2).

Call to Salvation
Ask God for a mighty outpouring of His Spirit across the nation, bringing many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (The Bible, Isaiah 44:3).

Sources: WIN

Australia approves treaty with East Timor over gas royalties (AP)

The Gambia, West Africa
Population: 1,968,000
Chief of State: Adama Barrow
Head of Gov.: Adama Barrow
Christians: 3.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.6%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 64.6 Years
Literacy Rate: 50%
Population Below Poverty Line: 48.4%
Refugees Living in The Gambia: 11,609

Pray4Gambia Facebook page

The Gambia is a tiny, peaceful Muslim country. Former President Yahya Jammeh ruled for two decades with an iron fist. He was ousted at the end of 2016 by opposition candidate Adama Barrow in a mostly peaceful election. A Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to investigate widespread torture and forced disappearances committed during the former regime’s rule. They will also investigate $11 million that disappeared from the state coffers when Jammeh fled. Gambians may openly practice freedom of religion.

Praise Report
Praise God that the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) has been faithfully exploring recent history and hearing the testimony of citizens (The Bible, Exodus 23:2).

Prayer Requests
Pray for the government to pursue justice and righteousness, exposing corruption at every level (The Bible, Proverbs 15:9).
Ask God to give the Church in Gambia a heart’s desire to reach the lost in their nation with the Good News of Jesus Christ (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:58).

Call to Salvation
Praise God that He is at work in The Gambia, revealing Himself as the Savior of the world. Pray that Gambians will receive salvation in Jesus this year (The Bible, Revelation 7:10).

Sources: WIN
Gaza Strip, Middle East
Population: 1,869,000
Chief of State: President Mahmoud Abbas
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah
Christians: 1.7% (includes West Bank)
Evangelical Christians: 0.1% (includes West Bank)
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 74.87 Years
Literacy Rate: 96.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 39%
Refugees Living in Gaza Strip: 500,000

Pray4Gaza Facebook Page

The Gaza Strip is a narrow strip of land along the Mediterranean Sea in the Middle East, bordered by Egypt to the southwest and Israel to the north and east. The majority of people in Gaza are Muslim, with less than 1 percent of them Christian. The majority of Gazans are refugees, living in refugee camps across the Gaza Strip. It has historically been a prime location for trade. Since the formation of the Israeli state in 1948, Gazans life has been dominated by the ensuing issues and conflicts. Many have emigrated due to the extremely poor living conditions and the instability of life. Sixty-one percent of them live as exiles. The terrible situation in Gaza continues. Instead of using international humanitarian aid funds to build and develop the economy in Gaza, Hamas has chosen to use this money to smuggle in weapons and advance its underground tunnel system from where it attacks Israel. Meanwhile, the situation has become insufferable for the residents of Gaza. They suffer from electricity and water shortages and broken sewage systems.

Praise Report
Praise God for the three Bibles Societies serving the Israeli, Arab Israeli and Palestinian communities. Pray that God will send the light of His Word to the people of Gaza so that they will find hope and salvation (The Bible, Isaiah 51:5).

Prayer Request
Pray for the Israeli & Palestinian leaders to have wisdom and integrity to act in the best interests of their people.
Pray that the war and bloodshed will stop in Israel and the Gaza Strip and a peaceful settlement will be negotiated soon (The Bible, Psalm 51:14).
The number of suicides has reached unprecedented levels in Gaza and every third person is on antidepressants. Pray that the unbearable conditions for people in Gaza will improve with the intervention of God’s mighty hand (The Bible, Daniel 9:15).

Call to Salvation
Pray that the Gazans will enter into the light of God through knowing Jesus Christ, the light of the world and have their lives changed for good (The Bible, Ephesians 5:14).

Source: WIN
West Bank, Middle East
Population: 2,785,000
Chief of State: President Mahmoud Abbas
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah
Christians: 1.7% (includes Gaza Strip)
Evangelical Christians: 0.1% (includes Gaza Strip)
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking:Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 74.87 Years
Literacy Rate: 96.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 18%
Refugees Living in West Bank: 750,000

Pray4WestBank Facebook Page

The West Bank is an area of land east of Israel. It is home to nearly three million Palestinians. Israel took control of it in 1967 and has allowed Jewish settlers to move in. In 1967, Israel fought a war and in six days routed the Arab powers, taking the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan. Israel has controlled the West Bank since then. The West Bank was the heartland of the ancient Jewish state. It’s home to many Jewish holy sites, like the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. The Israeli authorities have handed the control of large areas of the West Bank to the Palestinian authorities. Bethlehem, in the center of the West Bank, has transformed from more than 70% Christian in the mid-20th century to less than 15%. Throughout the West Bank, military occupation and violent Islamist persecution have practically forced out the dwindling Christian minority, now down to less than 2%. Christians who remain feel largely abandoned and ignored by the global Church. Unemployment soars as high as 30%, and only 17% have access to the available water resources. The Palestinian Basic Law states that the official religion is Islam and Sharia is the main source of legislation.

Praise Report
Praise God that the situation is a little better for Christians in the West Bank where the ruling Fatah party is formally based on secular principles, and Christians enjoy a few rights (The Bible, Proverbs 31:8).

Prayer Request
Pray for converts who feel abandoned in the West Bank, threatened and pressured. Their situation is so dangerous that they live their faith in utmost secrecy (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:9).
Pray for the Christians in the West Bank who suffer because of their faith and ethnicity. Pray that God will enable them to be peacemakers and share the love of Christ (The Bible, James 3:18).

Call to Salvation
The hope for a true peace and a solution over the land often seems bleak. Pray that God will bring peace in the Holy land, and that both Jew and Arab alike will accept Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, and find a meaningful reconciliation (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:18).

Source: WIN