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

When Australia and East Timor settled their maritime boundary dispute during 2018, it seemed the way was clear to develop the Greater Sunrise petroleum field under the Timor Sea which would sustain East Timor for decades. However, a dispute about how to develop the oil field is growing between Xanana Gusmao, former president in charge of the project, and oil companies involved. The oil companies are needed as funding partners, but they disagree with aspects of Mr. Gusmao’s plans. Pray for a speedy resolution. Ask God that this oil field will indeed genuinely bring economic blessings to East Timor (The Bible, Proverbs 28:26).

Ruinous project in East Timor could open door to China (Sydney Morning Herald)

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

During the 22 years of former President Jammeh's rule, journalists were regularly abducted, tortured and killed. The new government vowed new freedoms but journalists feel they have much work to do to gain the trust of the nation. In December, journalists launched a self-regulatory body they hope will offer legitimacy. The new Media Council will promote higher professional standards, address any complaints about media in the country, and support press freedom. Praise God that a new season of greater transparency and freedom is being ushered into this nation. Continue to pray that this extends to religious freedom and ask God that the Church will grow in this coming year (The Bible, Psalm 34:13).

Gambia's journalists, free from dictator, work to win trust (New Jersey Herald)

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: 36th
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 Israeli army has almost completed work on a 200-metre long barrier of boulders and concrete on the boundary with the Gaza Strip. Israel claimed that it would prevent Hamas fighters from infiltrating Israel by sea. The barrier consists of an above ground fence and a combination of an underwater concrete walls and sensor systems, filling a gap in the shallow area of the waters where Israeli naval boats cannot operate. Israel has also been working on a new underground wall along Gaza's perimeter, which it says is designed to prevent Hamas building and using cross-border attack tunnels. Pray that the sea barrier will curtail infiltration and conflict. Pray that the people will know the God of all creation and the oceans (The Bible, Habakkuk 3:15).

Israel concluding work on Gaza Strip sea barrier

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: 36th
Life Expectancy: 74.87 Years
Literacy Rate: 96.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 18%
Refugees Living in West Bank: 750,000

Pray4WestBank Facebook Page

Israel's Civil Administration has approved the construction of 1,451 new housing units in West Bank settlements. The Settlement Subcommittee in the administration's Supreme Planning Council discussed the plans and gave a final approval for 30 of these units. Additionally, 135 housing units were approved for the expansion of the eastern neighborhood of the Tene Omarim settlement, pending final approval by the Civil Administration's environmental supervisors. Pray that the people will reform their ways and actions. Pray that the people will find new homes and new ways for living (The Bible, Jeremiah 7:3).

Israel Approves 1,450 New Homes in West Bank Settlements