Day 17

China, East Asia
Population: 1,367,485,000
Chief of State: President Xi Jinping
Head of Gov.: Premier Li Keqiang
Christians: 7.8%
Evangelical Christians: 6.3%
Dominant Religion: Non-Religious
Persecution Ranking: 43rd
Life Expectancy: 75.3 Years
Literacy Rate: 95.1%
Population Below Poverty Line: 6.1%
Refugees Living in China: 301,519

Pray for China facebook page

In a recent speech, US Vice President Mike Pence commented that China has built an unparalleled surveillance state. Pence said the “Great Firewall of China” is drastically restricting the free flow of information to the Chinese people, and by 2020, China plans to implement the “social credit score,” which will control virtually every facet of human life. Pence also spoke about the closure of one of China’s largest underground churches, the tearing down of crosses, burning of Bibles, and imprisonment of believers. “For China’s Christians, these are desperate times.” Praise God for His sovereignty over China (The Bible, Job 42:2).

China using its power like never before, says US Vice President Mike Pence (Financial Express)

Djibouti, East Africa
Population: 828,000
Chief of State: President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed
Christians: 1.8%
Evangelical Christians: 0.1%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 50th
Life Expectancy: 62.79 Years
Literacy Rate: 70%
Population Below Poverty Line: 18.8%
Refugees Living in Djibouti: 24,362

Pray for Djibouti - facebook page

While Yemen is suffering from war and undergoing one of the worst famines this world has ever seen, few are able to escape. About 1500 Yemenis have managed to arrive in Djibouti and are living in extremely basic camps. Refugees are complaining that the UN has provided barely enough to keep them alive, and they receive no support from Djibouti itself. Pray that God will move in the hearts of the Djibouti government and people to provide what little assistance they can (The Bible, Psalm 25:6).

Yemenis find refuge, little else, in Djibouti's Obock camp (Al Jazeera)