Day 30

Eritrea, East Africa
Population: 6,528,000
Chief of State: President Isaias Afewerki
Head of Gov.: President Isaias Afewerki
Christians: 48.8%
Evangelical Christians: 2.1%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 6th
Life Expectancy: 63.81 Years
Literacy Rate: 80%
Population Below Poverty Line: 50%
Refugees Living in Eritrea: 2,920

Pray for Eritrea - facebook page

As a result of the peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the border between nations has been opened for the first time in twenty years. In the first two weeks of the border opening, 15,000 people crossed the border from Eritrea to Ethiopia, many to holiday and visit relatives they have not seen for two decades, but also many who plan to use this opportunity to escape from Eritrea on a more permanent basis. Pray for wisdom for these two nations to be able to deal with this situation that could prove volatile for the Eritrean government already committed to keeping its citizens under its strict controls (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1).

For the first time in years, Eritreans can leave their country freely (The Economist)

Tibet, South Asia
Population: 7,800,000
Chief of State: Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay
Christians: 0.3%
Evangelical Christians: >0.1%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 67 Years
Literacy Rate: 35.5%
Population Below Poverty Line: >70%
Refugees Living in Tibet: 150,000

Pray4Tibet Facebook Page

Lodi Gyari, escaped Chinese oppression in Tibet as a child, grew up in India and helped found the Tibetan Youth Congress, which remains the largest political organization of Tibetans in exile. He became active in the Tibetan government-in-exile in India and became a long-time emissary for the Dalai Lama. Mr. Gyari died of liver cancer in the USA, aged 69. Let us continue to pray for the salvation of the Dalai Lama and other influential leaders among the Tibetan diaspora (The Bible, John 8:36).

Lodi Gyari, Dalai Lama’s emissary and a tireless advocate for Tibet, dies at 69 (The Washington Post)

Syria, Middle East
Population: 17,065,000
Chief of State: President Bashar al-Assad
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi
Christians: 5.9%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 15th
Life Expectancy: 55.7 Years
Literacy Rate: 79.6%
Population Below Poverty Line: 11.9%
Refugees Living in Syria: 7,947,655

Pray for Syria - facebook page

The Istanbul summit on Syria took "huge steps" toward ending its civil war, but the situation remains dangerous with so many foreign armed forces in the country. The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany met in Istanbul calling for a political solution to Syria's seven-year war and a permanent truce in the last major rebel-held bastion of Idlib. The US special representative on Syria, argued that the United States even helped bring about the result despite its absence from the gathering. He cited the summit's appeal for a truce to become permanent and UN envoy’s call for a committee by year-end to produce a post-war constitution. Pray that the peace treaty will prevail. Pray that the people of Syria can safely settle in their country (The Bible, Zechariah 9:10).

Syria summit took 'huge steps' toward ending war, says US

Mongolia, North Asia
Population: 2,993,000
Chief of State: President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Chimediin Saikhanbileg
Christians: 1.7%
Evangelical Christians: 1.1%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 69.57 Years
Literacy Rate: 97.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 29.8%
Refugees Living in Mongolia: 31

Pray4Mongolia Facebook Page

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Mongolian government have signed loan and grant agreements worth more than US$85 million relating to renewable energy and the improvement of tax administration and public investment management. The renewable energy development could potentially be a major answer to prayer to the increasing pollution problem the nation faces. Pray for innovative solutions and good stewardship of the funds (The Bible, Psalm 5:3).

Millions in funding announced for renewable energy project in Mongolia (CNBC)