Day 5

Bhutan, South Asia
Population: 741,700
Chief of State: King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Lotay Tshering
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

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Known as “the Land of the Thunder Dragon,” Bhutan prides itself on its elevated “happiness” levels despite being considered a least developed country. Rather than relying on Gross Domestic Product as the leading indicator of the small Himalayan nation’s progress, the late King Wangchuk suggested it should examine its "Gross National Happiness." In South Asia, Bhutan ranks highly in economic freedom and per capita income, and ranks low in corruption. It has almost eradicated all extreme poverty. Yet, Christians are denied employment, free education, and access to electricity and water. Buddhism, mysticism and animism have dominated the country since the 7th century.

Praise Report
Praise God that this traditionally closed nation is opening up to tourism. Pray that more Christian churches and mission agencies will explore ways they can participate in bringing the Gospel into this nation (The Bible, Romans 10:15).

Prayer Requests
As children and young people are more exposed to the global world than previous generations, ask God to protect them from the Evil One, and cause many to be spiritually hungry for truth (The Bible, Isaiah 49:10).
Pray for Christians to share the love, peace and deep joy that they have found in Jesus Christ. Pray that their testimonies speak louder than the Gross National Happiness (The Bible, Psalm 105:1).

Call to Salvation
Father, today we ask for the nation of Bhutan as an inheritance. Please break them free from the dark powers of Buddhism (The Bible, Psalm 2:8).

Sources: WIN
Saudi Arabia, Arabian Peninsula
Population: 33,000,000
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
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a rich history steeped in desert culture. That desert life was forever altered about 70 years ago when 25% of the world’s oil reserves were found beneath the sand. This oil has allowed the Saud family to rule the country through the years. Mecca is located in Saudi Arabia. Approximately two million Muslims from Saudi Arabia and around the world arrive there annually for the Hajj. As the homeland of Islam, anything that affects Saudi Arabia potentially affects the whole of the Muslim world. In the past, the Saudi family had succeeded in recycling the oil wealth through the economy to please the masses, providing a comfortable life for most. The Saudi population is, by government statistics, 100% Muslim. There, few of them are Christians. While there are many foreign Christians living and working in Saudi Arabia, churches for them are not officially permitted. The Saudi government is also known to be a generous contributor to the propagation of Islam around the world. Despite this, many Saudis are very approachable on the topic of religion.

Praise Report
Praise God for the small number of Saudi Christians grew over the years in spite of the strict Islamic system and the next generation is boldly sharing their Christian faith on the internet (The Bible, Revelation 2:10).

Prayer Request
Pray for Mohammad bin Salman as he is starting to bring the kingdom in line with the rest of the world. Pray that the new developments will benefit the people and bring greater openness to the Gospel (The Bible, Titus 3:1).
Pray for the local believers who feel alone and are persecuted. Pray that they will stand firm in their faith and that others around them will become believers as well, resulting in fellowship and glory to God’s name (The Bible, Ephesians 6:14).

Call to Salvation
Pray that the Truth will be presented to Saudis through personal witness, satellite programs and the Bible in Arabic through YouTube, mobile apps, and websites (The Bible, Acts 8:25).

Source: WIN