Day 20

Brunei, Southeast Asia
Population: 430,000
Chief of State: Sultan and Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah
Head of Gov.: Sultan and Prime Minister Hassanal Bolkiah
Christians: 11.8%
Evangelical Christians: 5.2%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 26th
Life Expectancy: 76.97 Years
Literacy Rate: 95.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Brunei: 20,524

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The US and Brunei armies recently completed 10 days of joint military exercises in Brunei. The US is seeking to strengthen regional support for its China containment policies in the South China Seas. While the exercises were proclaimed a success, observers say that Brunei’s increasingly important economic relations with China has meant that it has continued to stay neutral on any South China Seas discussions. Pray that many Bruneians will not rely on their human wealth, but will explore their spiritual poverty. Pray that many will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (The Bible, Psalm 18:46).

Brunei salutes US but banks on China (Asia Times)

Lebanon, Middle East
Population: 6,185,000
Chief of State: [Acting] President Tammam Salam
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Tammam Salam
Christians: 32.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.6%
Dominant Religion: Sunni and Shia Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 75.9 Years
Literacy Rate: 89.6%
Population Below Poverty Line: 28.6%
Refugees Living in Lebanon: 1,167,189

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Lebanon is counting on the Arab Economic Summit to be held in order to restore the confidence of the Arab countries after a period of semi touristic and economic boycott. This is the first time Beirut has hosted this summit after the Arab Summit. Lebanese parliamentary sources said that Damascus would most probably not be invited. They added that any invitation to Damascus would automatically lead to a major Arab boycott of the summit. The Minister of Economy and Trade said that it was too early to determine the impact of the upcoming summit on the Lebanese economy. Pray that the Lebanese leaders will believe in unified efforts for economic improvement. Pray that the people are not affected by the economic boycott (The Bible, 1 Peter 3:8).

Lebanon Counts on Economic Summit to Regain Arab States’ Confidence