Day 5

Bhutan, South Asia
Population: 742,000
Chief of State: King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay
Christians: 1.4%
Evangelical Christians: 0.4%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 33rd
Life Expectancy: 68.3 Years
Literacy Rate: 52.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: 12%
Refugees Living in Bhutan: 23,833

Pray for Bhutan facebook page

In the early 1990s about 113,000 Bhutanese people were forced to flee their nation and settled in refugee camps in Nepal. Most of them have been resettled around the world, but 7000 remain in Nepal. Some of these people have stayed because they have long been calling Bhutan to agree to their repatriation. The UN has said it will be closing these last camps. Some of the receiving nations have closed their doors to further immigration, and there has been no move from Bhutan or Nepal to agree to repatriation.

Pray for a resolution for these people.
Pray for miraculous revelation of Jesus in these camps (The Bible, Luke 2:32).

Who stands with Bhutanese refugees in Nepal? (Nepali Times)

Saudi Arabia, Arabian Peninsula
Population: 27,752,000
Chief of State: King and Prime Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Head of Gov.: King and Prime Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Christians: 4.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.6%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking: 15th
Life Expectancy: 74.8 Years
Literacy Rate: 87.2%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Saudi Arabia: 70,661

Pray for Saudi Arabia facebook page

There is a lot of reason to rejoice over the new Saudi reforms for women. They will not need men to approve application for passports or to travel. However, more reforms are required to grant women real freedom especially in marriage, response to domestic abuse. Praise God for the travel reforms for women.

Pray for the release of women's rights activists and for greater reforms to follow (The Bible, Matthew 19:26).

The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia’s reforms: not just a battle for women