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ChurchWatch 10/05/11

Praying Through the Window: Bhutan; Saudi Arabia

Please take time today to read through this information provided by Window International Network and then pray for the nations of Bhutan and Saudi Arabia; for their people; and for the Church in these nations -- and inside the 1040 Window.

BHUTAN, SOUTH ASIA

Population: 699,847

Chief of State: King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Head of Government: Prime Minister Jigme Thinley

Christians: 0.6%

Evangelical Christians: 0.3%

Dominant Religion: Buddhism

Persecution Ranking: 14th

The Kingdom of Bhutan is one of the most isolated and remote nations on earth. It is also one of the least-reached nations. Buddhism is the official religion and there are very few Christians.

Missionaries are not allowed in the country and tourists are limited to about 25,000 per year. This makes reaching this region with the Gospel quite challenging.

PRAISE

The whole Bible is now available in the Bhutanese national language - Dzongha.

PRAYER

  • the spiritual darkness in Bhutan to be pierced by the light of Jesus Christ. (The Bible, Colossians 1:13)
  •  the people to be set free from the bondage of Buddhism and every other false religion. (The Bible, John 8:36)
  •  the Gospel to be proclaimed throughout Bhutan. Pray for men, women, and children to put their faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (The Bible, Romans 10:14)

SAUDI ARABIA, ARABIAN PENINSULA

Population: 25,731,776

Chief of State: King and Prime Minister Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud

Head of Government: King and Prime Minister Abdallah bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud

Christians: 5.4%

Evangelical Christians: 0.3%

Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam

Persecution Ranking: 4th

Saudi Arabia is where Islam began. Muslims from around the world travel to the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca every year to take part in the hajj. The government enforces Shari'a law and uses its vast oil revenues to propagate Islam around the globe.

Saudi Arabia is one of the least evangelized nations in the 10/40 Window. It also ranks 4th in the world in terms of persecution of Christians.
 
PRAISE

While the government forbids missionary work, SAT7 and other satellite TV ministries are reaching this Islamic nation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

PRAYER

  • the stronghold of Islam to be torn down. Pray for the Gospel to be proclaimed to everyone in Saudi Arabia. (The Bible, II Corinthians 10:4)
  • those held captive by false religion to be set free. Pray for the Holy Spirit to be poured out on this nation and for Saudi Arabians to have dreams and visions of Jesus Christ. (The Bible, Isaiah 61:1)
  • a great harvest of souls in this nation. Pray for God's Kingdom to come to Saudi Arabia with power. (The Bible, John 4:35)

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