Day 5

Bhutan, South Asia
Population: 742,000
Chief of State: King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay
Christians: 1.4%
Evangelical Christians: 0.4%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 33rd
Life Expectancy: 68.3 Years
Literacy Rate: 52.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: 12%
Refugees Living in Bhutan: 23,833

Pray for Bhutan facebook page

Following October elections, a new, center-left party won 30 out of 47 seats in the National Assembly. The Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), which means Bhutan United Party, ran on a platform of tackling rural poverty and youth employment. Bhutan's new prime minister will be Lotay Tshering, a 50-year-old urology surgeon trained in Bangladesh and Australia. He helped found the party in 2013 and became its leader in May 2018. Pray that this party may be effective leaders in this nation. Ask for the salvation of Prime Minister Tshering and his family (The Bible, Deuteronomy 16:20).

Landslide victory for Bhutan's center-left party following peaceful general elections (Global Voices)

Saudi Arabia, Arabian Peninsula
Population: 27,752,000
Chief of State: King and Prime Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Head of Gov.: King and Prime Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Christians: 4.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.6%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking: 12th
Life Expectancy: 74.8 Years
Literacy Rate: 87.2%
Population Below Poverty Line: Unknown
Refugees Living in Saudi Arabia: 70,661

Pray for Saudi Arabia facebook page

Dozens of women and other activists were arrested in Saudi Arabia. For those who have been able to leave the kingdom after speaking out against it, it becomes dangerous. The regime has a knack for using threats against family members as leverage in return for silence; these threats have taken on a new, alarming meaning. It was found that more than 60 opponents had been arrested in a major crackdown by the Saudi authorities. No concrete steps have been taken to free them. Their whereabouts are still unknown. Pray that the Saudi government will stop violating human rights and refrain from using fear tactics. Pray that the people will receive appropriate respect and value (The Bible, Philippians 2:3).

The world can no longer ignore Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses