Russian Federation is a complex patchwork of republics

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Saudi Arabia is the birthplace and stronghold of Islam. The nation considers itself the guardian of Islam's holiest sites, and all other religions are forbidden. The country’s legal system is based on Shariah law, or Islamic law, as interpreted according to the strict Hanbali school of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence. The Wahhabi brand of Sunni Islam is implemented, propagated and regulated by the state

Attacks against Christians and human rights abuses have in fact been on the rise since King Abdullah came into power in 2005. The country continues to have one of the worst human rights records in the world, with flagrant abuses against religions other than Sunni Islam. Saudi citizens are denied the freedom to choose or change their religion. Any person involved in evangelism, including the distribution of literature, faces jail, expulsion or execution. Often false charges, such as drug-related allegations, are used against evangelists. Even foreign visitors are not allowed to gather together for religious worship

Saudi converts to Christianity face the death penalty if discovered; executions are definitely known to occur. In August 2008, a young Saudi woman in Buraydah was killed by her brother, a Muslim cleric and religious police member of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, after she proclaimed her Christian faith to her family. Saudi authorities arrested a 28-year-old Christian man in January 2009 for describing his conversion from Islam and criticizing the kingdom’s judiciary on his blog. On January 1, 2011, new regulations went into effect, requiring all Saudi news blogs and electronic news sites to be strictly licensed, to “include the call to the religion of Islam” and to strictly abide by Islamic Shariah law. The requirements are being coupled with strict restrictions on what topics Saudi bloggers can write on—a development which will essentially give Saudi authorities the right to shut down blogs at their discretion
Prayer Requests

    Pray that nations of the world will pressure Saudi Arabia to act on their agreements and recognize the rights of their citizens.
    Pray that Christians from Muslim backgrounds will find fellowship and continue to grow in their relationship with the Lord.
    Pray expatriate and Saudi church leaders will be kept safe and have courage and

The Russian Federation is a complex patchwork of republics, oblasts, territories and okrugs, varying in size, population, ethnic background and religious affiliation. Chechnya, part of the Southern Federal District, lies in the North Caucasus region, an area considered Europe’s least evangelised. It is one of seven republics, containing a medley of 50 to 60 ethnic groups of Caucasus, Turkic and Iranian origin.

Chechnya has long resisted Russian rule. The wars of the 1990s between the Russian military and Chechen rebels ended only in 2009 with Russian withdrawal and a pro-Moscow president installed. The conflicts were part of a wider strategy to form an Islamic Caucasus state (self-titled as Nokhchiyn).

The 1.4 million Chechen are almost entirely Muslim, and international Islamists have radicalized many of them. The Christian presence in Chechnya has been largely eliminated or expelled. A Baptist presence remains in Grozny. Most Christian organizations withdrew to work among refugees in North Ossetia and Ingushetia. Hatred of Russians (and thereby all Christians) and ruthless Islamist groups make ministry extremely sensitive work.
Prayer Requests

    Pray that out of this suffering a Chechen Church will emerge; there are now as many as 100 Chechen believers throughout Russia.
    Pray that Islamist plans will be thwarted and the whole region experiences peace, progress and religious freedom.

Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar gained independence from Britain in 1971. For more than 20 years, an Amir with few checks on his authority ruled the country. He crippled the economy by siphoning off revenues from the extensive oil reserves. In 1995, his son, Amir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, overthrew him and instituted economic and social reforms that transformed the emirate into a country with extensive tourism and a very viable economy. As of 2007, oil and natural gas revenues had enabled Qatar to attain the second-highest per capita income in the world. The Emir also provided financial backing for the all-news satellite station, Al-Jazeera.

The strict Wahhabi form of Sunni Islam is the state religion. Proselytism of Muslims is forbidden, but expatriate Christians are allowed to practice their faith.

Expatriates, who make up 65 percent of the population, are drawn from many nations by the high earnings in Qatar, but strict anti-proselytism laws limit Christians, who make up almost 6 percent of the population. However, anti-proselytism laws cannot prevent the airwaves and Internet from influencing Qatar. Gospel radio (FEBA, IBRA and others), TV (Al Hayat, SAT-7 and others) and Christian websites are penetrating the homes and hearts of those living in Qatar. Many Arabic language websites, chat rooms and programs seem to have a powerful effect.
Prayer Requests

    Pray for the employment opportunities to be filled by Christians who would be an intentional Kingdom presence in Qatar.
    Pray for outreach opportunities to the Qatari people.
    Pray that Qataris who come to Christ will be free to worship, serve Him and courageously share Him with others.

The Philippines is Asia’s most Christianized country, yet it faces threats from Marxist insurgents and Muslim separatists. Though the Filipino people predominantly profess Christianity, Christians living in areas with significant influence from Muslim and Marxist guerrilla organizations have faced threats, kidnapping and death.

Militant Muslim groups in the southern part of the country are intent on forming an Islamic state, and persecution of Christians is increasingly common. In January 2008, a Catholic missionary was murdered by a suspected al-Qaida related group of Islamic militants. In April 2008, assailants stormed into the home of Pastor Vic Vicera in Mindanao and opened fire on him, his wife and another pastor. Pastor Vicera was killed. Local Christians suspected the attackers to be Muslim militants, as some of the Muslims Pastor Vicera lived and worked among had reportedly tried to convince him to convert to Islam.

Marxist insurgents have also been responsible for the persecution of Christians. In May 2008, Communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels in the Philippines kidnapped a Christian pastor whom they accused of aiding soldiers in an anti-insurgency campaign in Mindanao. Months later, his body was found, and there was evidence that he had been subjected to torture during his captivity. On July 29, 2008, armed militants stopped a mini-bus in Mindanao and murdered four Christian male passengers. On Christmas Day 2010, a bomb exploded in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart in Mindanao during Mass, wounding 11 people. Authorities suspect it is the work of the Islamist group Abu Sayyaf.

The government has yet to adequately address the need for implementing land reform, for taming military excesses, for limiting the elite’s power and for ending the Muslim secessionist and Marxist guerrilla wars.
Prayer Requests

    Pray that Christians in the Muslim-dominated areas of southern Philippines will be a testimony of God's love and grace in the midst of the opposition they face.
    Pray that God will continue to embolden cross-bearing disciples to continue His work in the Philippines.
Palestine is comprised of two separate parts: the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) controls the main towns and scattered enclaves. Jewish settler enclaves and Israeli military authorities control the rest. Palestinians have been defined by the loss of most of their land in 1948 and the conquest of the remainder by Israel in 1967. International efforts to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians have been futile.

The PNA was appointed as an administrative body in both the West Bank and Gaza. While the PNA has been allowed to extend its jurisdiction to increasingly more towns and rural areas, Israel’s presence remains. After winning a large majority in the Palestinian Parliament in 2007 and defeating rival Palestinian party Fatah in a series of violent clashes, Hamas now governs the Gaza portion of the Palestinian Territories.

Israeli occupation and Islamist persecution are squeezing out the dwindling Christian minority. Today, 87.7 percent of the population is Muslim, 8.5 percent is Jewish, and 1.61 percent is Christian. Palestinian Christians find themselves attacked or betrayed from all sides. Israel regards them as Arab Palestinians, while extremist Muslims view them as Western collaborators. Their numbers in Palestine itself have declined, largely due to emigration.

Palestinian exiles make up 61 percent of all Palestinians. While Israel’s harshness toward them was not admirable, neighbouring Arab lands were grudging and unhappy hosts. Palestinians in exile have mostly lived for generations in refugee camps (breeding grounds for extremism) and still face the spectre of poverty and uncertainty. Their possible return to the Holy Land remains a hugely divisive issue, since sheer numbers would threaten to swamp Israel’s population.
Prayer Requests

    Pray not only for the peace of the land, but also for both Jewish Israelis and Palestinian Arabs to meet the Prince of Peace, as it is through Him alone that any meaningful reconciliation will come.
    Pray Palestinian Christians who remain will stay strong in both their Christian faith and in their commitment to live out the gospel in very difficult conditions.

Pakistan was formed in 1947 as the Muslim section in the partition of British India. In 1971, East Pakistan left the nation to form the state of Bangladesh. For more than half its history, Pakistan has frequently been under the rule of the military that deposes elected governments at will.

Pakistan is an Islamic republic with a Sunni majority. Previous governments pursued Islamization of the legal system, taxation and public life as well as discrimination against all religious minorities. Despite its infringement of the constitution, Shariah law is increasingly applied -- even to Christians and Hindus -- especially in areas where Islamist groups have control or influence.

While there is a notable degree of religious freedom promised to minorities by law, non-Muslims and non-Sunnis must practice their faith cautiously and under varying degrees of threat from Islamists. Christians in Pakistan face severe opposition from militant Islamic groups, including imprisonment, torture and even death.

Many Pakistani Christians have been falsely accused under the Blasphemy Law, or Law 295.

Law 295a, blaspheming Islam, and Law 295b, blaspheming the Qur’an, are criminal offenses. Law 295c makes blaspheming Mohammed a crime punishable by death. Courtrooms packed with militants have often pressured judges into returning a guilty verdict or continuing trials indefinitely. Christians are regularly barred from jobs or face troubles from their employers and co-workers. Christian merchants are often harassed.

In November 2010, a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, was sentenced to death on charges of blasphemy. She is the first Pakistani woman ever to receive a death sentence for blasphemy. Her life has been threatened by many, with a Muslim cleric putting a price on her head. In early 2011, Salman Taseer, governor of Punjab province, and Shahbaz Bhatti, Minister of Minority Affairs, were assassinated, allegedly for speaking out against the controversial blasphemy law.
Prayer Requests

    Pray those imprisoned for their faith will know the presence of God and will grow in their faith.
    Pray that Christians in Pakistan will have a bold testimony to those around them.
    Pray for protection for Christians facing intimidation and threats.