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

Brazilian missionaries and pastors are experiencing significant successes with church planting in East Timor. Sharing the same language, they are able to quickly build bridges. Some of the new Christians come from animist backgrounds, some from Catholic backgrounds. Many report facing opposition to their newfound faith, including physical violence and attempts to burn down their homes.

Praise God that the Church continues to grow.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will renew and revive the Catholic Church as well as the evangelical Church (The Bible, 1 Peter 3:15).

Evangelical Protestants make inroads into Timor-Leste (La Croix)

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

Three women have come forward to make allegations of rape and sexual assault against former president Jammeh who fled to Equatorial Guinea when he lost power in 2016. Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International interviewed the women and have said that the women will likely testify to Gambia’s Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission later this year.

Continue to pray for this nation as it emerges from the difficult era under Jammeh.
Pray that the current government will be one of righteousness and truth, transparency and justice (The Bible, Psalm 33:5).

Gambia's ex-president Yahya Jammeh accused of rape and sexual assault (CNN)

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

Israel’s defense body in charge of Palestinian civil affairs announced that they would cut off fuel supplies indefinitely after the incendiary devices sparked a string of fires. Gaza’s electricity company said the shortage caused its only power plant to be partially shut down, causing outages across the impoverished region. An anonymous Israeli official said,”the flow of fuel possible in light of a promise that Hamas will stop the violence against Israel.” A newspaper cited fire department figures suggesting approximately 100 blazes had been started by the balloons. Although no injuries were reported, the fires caused widespread damage to crops and wildlife.

Pray that those responsible will make the restitution.
Pray that the contemptible acts of the enemy will not happen again (The Bible, Exodus 22:6).

Balloon bombs stopped from entering Israel from Gaza Strip at the last minute

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

A Jerusalem district court judge has accepted a legal theory put forward by the government in support of legalizing homes in the northern West Bank settlement of Alei Zahav. The ruling has the potential of providing judicial grounds for the legalization of up to 2,000 homes in West Bank settlements whose legal status has been in dispute. The legal concept, known as market overt, is also to be taken up by the High Court of Justice in another case involving the West Bank outpost of Mitzpeh Kramim. In his ruling regarding Alei Zahav, District Court Judge Carmi Mossek accepted the state’s position that settlement construction on Private Palestinian land can be legalized retroactively if the land had mistakenly been thought to belong to the state.

Pray that the legal action will help many families.
Pray that the court’s acceptance will aid to settle the dispute (The Bible, Deuteronomy 1:16).

Jerusalem Court Accepts Legal Theory Allowing Settlement Homes on Private Palestinian Land