Day 31

East Timor, Southeast Asia
Population: 1,231,000
Chief of State: President Taur Matan Ruak
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo
Christians: 88.1%
Evangelical Christians: 2.2%
Dominant Religion: Christianity
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 69.22 Years
Literacy Rate: 58.6%
Population Below Poverty Line: 41%
Refugees Living in East Timor: 6

Pray4EastTimor Facebook Page

It is important not to forget that East Timor has only been independent since 2002. Prior to that it suffered greatly during its 25 years as part of Indonesia. 100,000 Timorese died as a result of war, famine, and disease during those years. The scars are deep. Pray especially for youth and young adults who grew up during the years of Indonesian occupation or in the early years of independence. Lacking many basic necessities and having lost parents in the fight for independence, many became part of dangerous gangs. Pray for their salvation, freedom and healing (The Bible, Proverbs 4:20-22).

Timor-Leste (Prayercast)

The Gambia, West Africa
Population: 1,968,000
Chief of State: Adama Barrow
Head of Gov.: Adama Barrow
Christians: 3.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.6%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 64.6 Years
Literacy Rate: 50%
Population Below Poverty Line: 48.4%
Refugees Living in The Gambia: 11,609

Pray4Gambia Facebook page

The long awaited truth, reconciliation and reparations commission has finally begun. The 11-member commission will investigate human rights abuses committed between July 1994 and January 2017 during the reign of former president Yahya Jammeh. Gambian-born prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, said the commission will help the country write a new chapter and that in order to move forward "it must reckon with its past." Pray for the 11 members of this commission to carefully and respectfully investigate people’s personal tragedies. Pray that everything that needs to be exposed will be uncovered (The Bible, James 5:16).

'Dark days' over: Gambia launches truth, reconciliation body (Business Insider)

Gaza Strip, Middle East
Population: 1,869,000
Chief of State: President Mahmoud Abbas
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah
Christians: 1.7% (includes West Bank)
Evangelical Christians: 0.1% (includes West Bank)
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 36th
Life Expectancy: 74.87 Years
Literacy Rate: 96.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 39%
Refugees Living in Gaza Strip: 500,000

Pray4Gaza Facebook Page

UNRWA DC’s acting director described her last trip to Gaza. UNRWA counselors—who are refugees themselves—told harrowing stories about Gaza’s mental health crisis. Gazans suffer from trauma due to repeated military assaults and the continued blockade. Gaza’s children and their families need access to counsellors to help them deal with trauma, stress, depression and other mental health issues. They can’t do their jobs if they lose funding, and it is the children who will suffer without these services. Pray that the mentally traumatized people of Gaza will benefit through the counselling programs. Pray that the project will have continuous funding and support to save the children (The Bible, Isaiah 1:17).

Moving for Mental Health

West Bank, Middle East
Population: 2,785,000
Chief of State: President Mahmoud Abbas
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah
Christians: 1.7% (includes Gaza Strip)
Evangelical Christians: 0.1% (includes Gaza Strip)
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 36th
Life Expectancy: 74.87 Years
Literacy Rate: 96.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 18%
Refugees Living in West Bank: 750,000

Pray4WestBank Facebook Page

Israeli authorities have approved construction of more than 20,000 new settler units in the occupied West Bank. The units would be built in Maale Adumim urban settlement, east of East Jerusalem. A comprehensive development agreement was reached between Israel’s Ministry of Construction and Housing and the Maale Adumim authorities to construct fresh units in the settlement over the coming years. Peace Now says in the year and a half since American President Donald Trump took office, the construction of 14,454 units in the occupied West Bank has been approved. Pray that the new housing project will become a blessing to people in West Bank. Pray that these weary people in life will find real rest in God (The Bible, Matthew 11:28).

Israel to construct 20,000 new settler units in occupied West Bank