The Education Ministry set aside nearly one million shekels for trips to a settlement facility dedicated to helping young Israelis foster “a deeper connection to God by embracing their biblical and cultural heritage.” The Education Ministry has begun to provide state funding for a Bible-based leadership training program developed by Christian evangelicals in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. Between 3,000 and 4,000 Israeli high school students will participate in this outdoor experiential program over the coming year. An Education Ministry spokeswoman confirmed that a contract for almost a million shekels had been signed. The emphasis is in training young people to become a pool of leaders.
Praise Report Praise God for the opportunity created for young Israelis to foster a deeper connection with God. Praise God for the facility and funds dedicated for this program (The Bible, 2 Timothy 3:17).
Call to Salvation Pray that the people of Israel will accept Jesus Christ, the Messiah and be transformed by His power (The Bible, Romans 10:1).
Chief of State: President Reuven Rivlin
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Judaism
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 81.38 Years
Literacy Rate: 97.1%
Population Below Poverty Line: 21%
Refugees Living in Israel: 45,284
Central Asia’s poorest nation, Tajikistan has never recovered from the Soviet era. After five years of civil war following the 1991 Soviet collapse, a UN-brokered peace deal resulted. Secular forces dominate, but economic stability hasn’t returned. Tajikistan voted to allow its president to rule indefinitely. Each year greater legislative restrictions oppress the Tajik masses. Secular forces also dictate religious law. Although the constitution guarantees religious freedom, oppression is widespread. Mainstream Protestants are labeled “extremists” accused of spying on and dismantling Tajikistan’s political system. Meeting surveillance, interruptions, activity restrictions and literature confiscation are tools the government uses against Christians. Churches must register to be legal, a near impossible task.
Praise Report Praise God that the Church, although small, is present and growing. Praise God that they have the whole Bible in the Tajik language (The Bible, 1 Chronicles 16:11).
- Currently the government operates with power to repress, harass and intimidate its people. Pray that the love of Jesus will sweep through these authorities (The Bible, 1 Peter 5:6-7).
- Pray that God will be sovereign over this nation; the One who can put rulers in place and remove them from their positions. Ask God for a change in government for this nation (The Bible, Daniel 2:21).
- Pray that God will teach Christians in this nation what it means to love their enemies, be patient in their affliction, and win souls to Jesus because of their grace (The Bible, Matthew 5:43-48).
Photo: Tajikistan Presidential Press Service
Chief of State: President Emomalii Rahmon
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda
Evangelical Christians: 0.1%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 22nd
Life Expectancy: 67.39 Years
Literacy Rate: 99.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 35.6%
Refugees Living in Tajikistan: 3,590