Day 16

Israel, Middle East
Population: 8,049,000
Chief of State: President Reuven Rivlin
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Christians: 1.5%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Judaism
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 81.38 Years
Literacy Rate: 97.1%
Population Below Poverty Line: 21%
Refugees Living in Israel: 45,284

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Most students in Israeli schools do not learn about evolution, and the Education Ministry is quietly encouraging teachers to focus on other topics in biology. The educators said they received no training on the topic and received hints from the ministry that it was better to focus on other subjects. Biology classes in kindergarten and elementary school do not mention Charles Darwin’s theory. Pray that the teachers in Israel will stay firm in teaching the Biblical truth. Pray that the children of Israel will be wiser to trust and follow Jesus Christ, their Creator God (The Bible, Proverbs 9:9).

Israeli schools largely avoid teaching evolution — report

Tajikistan, Central Asia
Population: 8,192,000
Chief of State: President Emomalii Rahmon
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda
Christians: 1.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.1%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 22nd
Life Expectancy: 67.39 Years
Literacy Rate: 99.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 35.6%
Refugees Living in Tajikistan: 3,590

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University students are frequently exploring new ideas and grappling with their own worldviews as they are challenged to learn new things. One Christian ministry reaching university students reports that one approach has been to offer to read the Bible alongside the Qur’an together. This allows students to find out the differences between the two texts for themselves, and conversations allow common misconceptions about the Bible and Christianity to be addressed. Ask God to soften the hearts of university students. Pray that many will be willing to journey together with Christians to understand what is spiritual truth (The Bible, John 16:13).

Students in Tajikistan (IFES)