Join us in praying for the nations of Asia using the regularly updated prayer points below!


Disastrous Drug Discovery

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15th December 2020

The recent discovery that a mountain shrub called ephedra could be used to make methamphetamine has caused a boom in the Afghan crystal meth industry. This new source is a game–changer for drug traffickers, making meth cheaper, easier to produce and thus more profitable.

In a country already termed the heroin capital of the world, this revelation could see the meth industry become equally widespread and destructive. While the drug may be exported worldwide, Kabul’s streets are feeling the impacts first and foremost. With 30% unemployment, the stress of the ongoing war and few mental health services, many are seeking a means of escape. 


  • Pray that the Afghan government will be strong and effective in the fight against drug trafficking
  • For those currently struggling with the effects of meth addiction, pray that the church would be loving and proactive in caring for these people and showing them a new way to live


Sources: Undark, Al Jazeera



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8th February 2021

It has been over three years since 730,000 Rohingyas fled Myanmar to Bangladesh. Hundreds of thousands remain in the Cox’s Bazar region to this day. This flood–prone area is a hostile place for the refugees to live with overcrowding, poor sanitation, and limited health care. COVID–19 further intensified existing hardships – food, education and health were all depleted. Then, on 14th January, a huge fire swept through the camps destroying the homes of 3,500 people.

“There is nothing left. There was nothing saved. Everything is burned down” said one refugee. Save the Children said this was “another devastating blow for the Rohingya people who have endured unspeakable hardship for years”. 


  • Thousands of Rohingyas are being moved to an island in the Bay of Bengal. Praythat this would be a good relocation for them and ask for wisdom for the Bangladeshi Government.
  • Pray for those impacted by the fire, that they would be comforted amid the loss.
  • Pray for Christians reaching out to this Muslim people group, that they would guide many to Jesus who knows the plight of a refugee. May they be drawn to him and find true shelter in his arms!

Source: Reuters, Al Jazeera



When freedom of religion means nothing

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13th January 2021

Bhutan is proud of its freedom of religion laws guaranteed by the Constitution. However, evangelism is illegal. For Christians and seekers, this is clearly a challenge. Conversions are frowned upon, with reconversions back to original religions celebrated in the local news. We support pastors seeking to share their faith and grow the church despite these barriers. In different parts of the kingdom, the pastors run house churches, Sunday school classes, youth seminars and other activities. Lockdown moved some of these activities online but the churches continue to grow.


  • Pray that laws prohibiting evangelism would change
  • Pray for boldness and safety for these pastors as they reach out despite the risk
  • Pray in particular for an ex monk who is seeking to know more about Christ – that through meeting with one of our partners he may find life




Christmas Banned

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15th December 2020

Although Christmas Day is a national holiday, celebrating it in any way has been banned in Brunei since 2015. Anyone found singing carols, decorating a tree or wearing a Santa hat could face up to 5 years in prison or a huge fine. These restrictions are “intended to control the act of celebrating Christmas excessively and openly, which could damage the beliefs of the Muslim community.” Non–Muslims can privately celebrate in their homes if they alert the authorities first, but the message is clear: the government is watching.

  • Pray that believers in Brunei will have great joy this Christmas, remembering Jesus’ birth despite the lack of external decorations or public celebration
  • Pray that these private gatherings will be kept safe from police raids or local opposition
  • Since many tune in to international TV programs, pray that many would see Christmas–themed media and be curious to know the true meaning behind it

Sources: Investvine, Independent



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8th February 2021

Before the last national election in 2018, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) cracked down on the only opposition in what many saw as an act to ensure a CPP election victory. Over 100 members of the opposition still stand accused of conspiring to commit treason. After fleeing the country, they are not being permitted to return to defend themselves in this month’s trials.

Those Party members still in the country are facing physical assault and arrests. Some are calling this a ‘death of democracy’, with a dangerous single party system now taking shape. With the country so scarred by political abuse, join us in praying for the future of Cambodia.

  • Pray for Prime Minister Hun Sen, that he would have a change of heart and would become a fair and kind leader.
  • Pray for members of the opposition and their families – that the persecution against them would cease and that the trails this month would end in their freedom.
  • Pray that the opposition would have them the opportunity to regroup and work for the good of the country.
  • Lift up any Christians within politics – ask that God would help them to be bold in pro–actively guiding the nation towards Christ.


 Source: AP News, Al Jazeera




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8th February 2021

A new wave of COVID is spreading in Hebei, the province surrounding Beijing. Following strict new restrictions consequently put in place, a post circulated online pinning the blame on local Christians and foreign missionaries. The local priest of Shijiazhuang, the largest city in the province, told Asia News that the accused villages have no Christians in them and activities have been banned since Christmas Eve. He drew a comparison to Emperor Nero, who used Christians as a scapegoat for his own misdeeds and persecuted them as a result.

  • Pray that like in Nero’s time, that there would be progress despite opposition in China
  • Ask that Christians receiving criticism would be gracious and Christ–like in their responses
  • Pray for the Chinese church, that they would soon be able to join in fellowship again to encourage each other in the face of hostility

Source: Asia News, Christian Post


Thousands of Farmers Flock to Delhi Protests

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15th December 2020

Thousands of farmers have flocked to Delhi to protest new laws announced by the Indian government. The relatively wealthy farmers from other northern states have been receiving guaranteed prices for their crops, but the new laws will allow the government to buy for unregulated prices. The farmers fear this will leave them at the mercy of private buyers. In addition to the tension and disruption, two police officers have tested positive for COVID and a report claimed 2–3 farmers per day have flu–like symptoms. With Delhi already being one of the most affected areas in the country, with little to no social distancing or sanitising, there are fears this will be a ‘super–spreader’ event.

  • Pray that the protests will remain peaceful
  • Pray for wisdom for both the farmers and government, that the decision will be for the good of all people especially the poor
  • Pray for the safety of the protesters and police against the virus 


Source: Hindustan Times




Social media influencers get vaccine priority

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15th January 2021

While countries rush to inoculate vulnerable individuals from coronavirus, Indonesia has put a surprising group at the front of the queue – social media influencers. Vaccinating the young, healthy and wealthy as a priority may raise eyebrows, but this has come as a response to vaccine scepticism. Instead of vaccinating elderly people first, Indonesia will target younger working people aged 18 to 59 after frontline workers. One government adviser explained, “We are targeting those that are likely to spread the virus.” 

  • Pray for all those suffering from the virus in Indonesia
  • Lift up the government and health agencies in the country, and pray that the vaccine would be provided in a fair and wise way
  • Pray that Indonesia would soon be able to welcome tourists again, enabling millions to regain employment and support their families


Source: BBC



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8th February 2021

It is believed that Christianity is growing faster in Iran than in any other country. “Iranians are turning to other religions because they no longer find satisfaction in the official faith,” says one Shia cleric. The official census claims that over 99.5% of Iranians are Muslim, but a recent poll found that half of the 50,000 respondents said they had lost or changed their religion. Less than a third said they were Shia.

This decrease in Islam has given rise to more persecution. Six senior UN experts recently expressed “serious concern” over “systematic persecution” of Christians. The government claims they only take action against ‘Zionists’ or ‘cults’, a shrewd way of justifying the persecution of house–churches by pretending they are different from the general ‘Christian compatriots’. This month a network of Christians in several provinces was arrested for “promoting religious conversion”. Join us in praying that, as in the early church, there would be progress despite opposition.

  • Thank God for the movement of His Spirit through this nation that was gripped by darkness.
  • Pray for those training up leaders for this rapidly growing body of believers. Ask that God would grant deep understanding and maturity to these individuals so that they will lead their churches well.
  • As the population rethinks its religious loyalties, pray that a tipping point for Christianity would be reached – that those in power would give their loyalty to Christ and lead the nation in God’s way.

Sources: The Economist, Article 18


Healing for broken refugees

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13th January 2021

In summer 2014, ISIS singled out the Yazidi people for especially brutal treatment. Roughly 9,900 Yazidis were either killed or kidnapped within a few days. Over 3,000 of those abducted were women and girls, viewed to the fighters as ‘spoils of war’. They were raped, forced into marriage and/or sold into trafficking. Many are still unaccounted for. Those who did escape continue to face enormous challenges with trauma and health issues.

Our partners in the refugee camps where these women and girls now live are sharing the hope and healing offered by Jesus. They rescue, rehabilitate and vocationally train the women, as well as mentoring and discipling them. The team are rejoicing at significant healing in all forms among the young women they support.


  • Pray for the young women still in sex slavery to terrorist groups today, that they would be protected and freed
  • Ask for mental, physical and spiritual healing of these women and girls now living with the trauma of their pasts
  • Pray that our partners would continue to meet the spiritual and practical needs of the refugees they seek to serve with the love and compassion of Christ


Sources: Human Rights Watch, N–IUSSP




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3rd February 2021

Among many other factors, one reason for roughly 99.7% of Japanese people not being Christians is the country’s toxic work culture. There is even a term coined for death by overworking: ‘Karoshi’. Gospel witness and the workplace are seen as fundamentally incompatible, meaning most Christians feel they cannot say anything about Jesus to their colleagues. 

We recently heard of one lady who had worked in the same office for eighteen years without discussing her faith with any one. However, one group of believers are encouraging Christians to partner with each other in reaching their workplaces. Small groups meet weekly in the office to encourage each other, and some bring along non–Christian colleagues. The lady who had not shared in eighteen years was so encouraged that she decided to stand up in the office and suggest they all go for coffee after work. They did, opening up opportunities for personal conversations. From that bold step, one colleague came along to a meeting and heard the good news of Jesus.


  • Pray that rather than death by overworking, Japanese people may find life through their workplaces. Ask the Spirit to move in these office groups so that they grow and transform many lives and families. 
  • Pray for the leaders of these groups, that God would give them courage to invite their collegues and the words to open their hearts and minds to the gospel.
  • Ask that God would bring revival to the nation of Japan which, although legally offers religious freedom, culturally stifles Christian devotion.



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3rd February 2021

Despite Christianity being the second largest religion in Kazakhstan, with some form of Christian faith professed by a quarter of the population, believers here face persecution on two fronts: from the government, and from Muslim neighbours. Since legislation was introduced in 2011 to restrict worship, control over religious expression has steadily increased with surveillance, raids on church meetings and arrests. Believers from Muslim backgrounds are confronted with the worst persecution. Men face abuse, rejection and loss of inheritance, while women may be placed under house arrest or abducted and forced to marry. It is no wonder many keep their faith a secret.


  • Pray for our brothers and sisters in Kazakhstan, that they would be bold in living out and sharing their faith with those around them.
  • Plead for a national shift in the treatment of believers.
  • Intercede for Kazakh Christians from Muslim families, that they would be lights in their neighbourhoods despite hostility. Ask for protection and perseverance.


 Source: Open Doors



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3rd February 2021

Kyrgyz news has been dominated by the presidential campaign of Sadyr Japarov; who was broken out of prison by protesters and swiftly became president. A key to this story is gold. It was through protesting in favour of nationalising the Centerra Gold’s Kumtor mine that Japarov was imprisoned in 2017, and his first major order as president was to ban foreign companies from future large mining projects.

As well as political contention, the mine has also caused social and environmental harm. Local communities nearby have been neglected for years, with waterways and glaciers being damaged and evidence hidden from the public. Further, community activists have been arrested and tortured. The Bible makes clear the dangers of valuing gold over God (Psalm 115). What a stark example of how gold can corrupt – while mining it contaminates water, the gold itself contaminates hearts with greed.

  • Ask for protection for the surrounding villages and for strength to stand up for their welfare. 
  • Pray that those whose hearts are idolising the wealth that gold can bring them will be freed from this bondage.
  • Pray that people would turn their hearts to God, a relationship with whom is so much more valuable that all the gold in the world.

Sources: Kitco, Mining Journal


Chased into the woods

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13th November 2020

In October, local authorities in the province of Salavan chased seven Christians from their homes because they refused to renounce their faith. The two families have been forced to live in makeshift huts in the woods and although relatives have sought to provide assistance, their efforts have been stopped by village heads.

  • Please pray for the protection of these believers and for the Lord to provide all they need
  • Ask that this ordeal would strengthen their faith and be a bold witness to their neighbours of their trust in the Lord
  • Pray that the authorities in this region would soften their stance towards believers
  • Ask that God would move the national government to grant believers greater freedom soon

Source: Christian Post





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3rd February 2021

As the world’s largest palm oil producers, Malaysia and Indonesia are teaming up this month to fight the growing opposition to this ‘golden crop’. It is a hugely profitable commodity which can be found in roughly half the products on our supermarket shelves, from shampoo to noodles. But like so many of the products we buy there is a dark side, and as awareness in the West grows of the industry abuse such as trafficking, toxic hazards, child labour and deforestation, the producers are growing increasingly nervous.


  • It is not just the palm oil industry that abuses vulnerable people to maximise profits –pray with us for every person made in God’s image who is currently trapped in slave labour.
  • Pray for the wisdom of Western decision makers who must balance ethics and economics. May their actions have positive impacts on the thousands of Malaysians working in this industry.
  • Pray that the 33,000+ children working in this industry in Malaysia would be given opportunities to escape this work, receive an education and end this cycle.


Sources: Jakarta Post; AP News


Wealthy Tourists Start to Return

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25th January 2021

The Maldives has begun to welcome tourists once again, much to the relief of those involved in the hospitality industry. Visitors with a negative coronavirus test are now able to stay on the islands with masks not required in many resorts. However, whilst the government may be relaxing its attitude to the risk of the virus, it continues to take a strong stance against the risk of Christ to its religion and ways of life, banning Christian literature and proclamation of the gospel.

  • Lift up all those facing hardship after the impact of the virus on the local economy
  • Pray that believers who visit the Maldives would positively challenge local perceptions of what it means to follow Christ through wise words and godly conduct
  • Pray that the government would relax restrictions against non–Muslims
  • Ask God to protect and guide all those who live on and visit the islands for the sake of making Christ known

Source: France24



Mothers and Babies Saved

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15th December 2020

According to the most recent records, Mongolia has the 12th highest abortion rate in the world, higher than both the UK and the USA. A group we work with set up the first ever pro–life centre in the country, and now runs five facilities. They offer counselling, share the gospel and provide the opportunity for babies to be adopted rather than aborted. Hundreds of women have decided to keep their babies as a result, and many have also become Christians. In November in just one of their centres, 68 women visited, 27 of whom chose to keep their babies. 25 professed faith in Christ, and 15–20 women now attend weekly Bible studies. 

  • Praise God that these centres are changing the lives of hundreds of women and children
  • Pray that more Mongolian women would be drawn to these centres rather than abortion clinics
  • Pray that the women attending the Bible studies would come to know and love God more and be lights in their neighbourhoods drawing others to Him

Source: World Population Review




Teaching orphans and villagers the good news

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25th January 2021

At a children’s home in southern Myanmar, an orphanage supported by AsiaLink has begun homeschooling the children after all schools were closed amid the pandemic. Please pray for ‘S’, who is teaching the children. She recently graduated from Bible school and is teaching the Bible alongside other key subjects. She is also running Bible studies for others from the village.

  • Ask the Lord to protect all of the children and the team who run the orphanage
  • Pray for the children at the home to learn well and excel academically, giving them hope for the future after traumatic childhoods amid the fighting in Myanmar
  • Pray that ‘S’ would teach the Bible in a clear and faithful way to the children and the villagers
  • Pray that the Spirit would be at work, bringing new life as the gospel is shared




Mission in the mountains

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13th January 2021

“Greetings from the unreached mountains!” began a recent report from our partner in the Himalayan nation. His team has just spent 12 days driving and hiking over 1600km around the country, preaching to the unreached and encouraging believers.

They met with pastors in six locations, gave out over 1500 pieces of Christian literature, reasoned with Hindus and Muslims, taught youngsters in a village, preached in a church, conducted house to house evangelism and were invited into many homes for meals. They gave out reading glasses, a new bike and lifts in their car, deepening friendships and making new ones. The Lord provided places to sleep, food to eat and people to speak to. 


  • Praise God for such willing servants and the many open hearts they encountered!
  • There are concerns that untrained leaders do not fully understand the doctrine of salvation by grace, so our partner is writing a small booklet to help. Pray that God would help him write clearly and accurately, and that this would help strengthen the church
  • More trips like this are planned for this year – please pray that national lockdown restrictions would not prohibit them
  • Pray that we might be inspired by the example of these men, boldly sharing life and the gospel with those around us




Celebrating the birth of the wrong ruler

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15th December 2020

People are joyfully gathering together, drinking in celebration of the birth of a ruler this Christmas time. Except, this isn’t the Christmas birth we all know and love. Christmas Eve is the birthday of Kim Jong–Suk, the deceased grandmother of King Jong–Un; Jesus’ birthday the following day passes by unnoticed here. Since being a Christian is a crime punishable by death, it is not surprising that celebrating Christmas is banned in North Korea. Believers meet in complete secrecy, maybe only sitting on a park bench with one other and saying a quick prayer, or whispering praises together in a wood. As our nation publicly celebrates this day together, let us remember in our prayers those for whom that is not possible.

  • Pray for the believers, that their secret gatherings will remain hidden
  • Pray that God would use this time to further his growing kingdom in this challenging land
  • With a Christmas tree structure visible to some from South Korea, pray that God would place a curiosity in the hearts of those who see this tree, a shining arrow pointing up to the God who made them.

Source: Open Doors USA




Schools for slaves

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13th January 2021

What starts as a small loan ends with generations trapped in slavery. This is the reality for millions in Pakistan, especially in Punjab, a hotspot for brick–making bonded labour. Often needed for medical care, small loans subsequently spiral out of reach as minimal wages fail to catch up with the rising interest. The work is hard, long and dangerous, and is not just for the men. Whole families get drawn in to help reach exploitative production targets. Children can begin and end their lives making bricks.

But there is hope. Masters have been allowing children to attend a school which gives the next generation a better future, aiming to one day end the cycle. Many of the children attending are from non–Christian families, giving the team the opportunities to share the gospel with their families in both word and deed.

  • Pray that masters would continue to allow children to attend the school
  • Plead with the Lord for an end to this systematic exploitation
  • Lift up the teachers at the school, that they may be bold in sharing Jesus with families
  • Ask that the future of these children would be bright, ending the cycle of slavery for these families
  • Pray for more Christians schools like this in Pakistan 


Is Duterte nation’s most popular leader ever?

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25th January 2021

Rodrigo Duterte is commonly referred to as Duterte Harry in reference to Clint Eastwood’s cop character. He is brutal with political opponents and religious leaders alike, following beatings by his Catholic parents and abuse by a priest. He stabbed somebody to death at 16 and shot a fellow student at law school. He has been described as having a narcissistic personality disorder, perhaps most evident in his brutal war or drugs, with up to 10,000 people being killed in extra–judicial murders in his first year as President.

  • Pray that the President would receive wise guidance from those around him
  • Pray for the population and politicians of the Philippines as polarised views on the President cause division
  • As attendance in the nation’s Catholic Churches declines, pray that a thirst for truth and justice would cause people to look not to politicians but to Christ

Source: Spectator


Sri Lanka

Raising missionary awareness

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25th January 2021

Having been the first organisation to inspire missionary endeavour within the Sri Lankan church, our partners continue to raise awareness of the need and opportunities for cross–cultural work. They have sent workers out to a number of countries in the region and continue to work among diaspora groups on the island itself. Particular prayer is requested for work among people from a country which strictly prohibits the sharing of the gospel within its own borders.


  • Give thanks for the 1100 people who attended missionary awareness events in 2020, both in person and online, and ask that the Lord would raise up new workers for the region from among this number
  • Pray for the four workers reaching out to people who have moved to Sri Lanka from the closed country, that their language skills would grow, and that their proclamation and example would win many to Christ
  • Lift up the Chinese population in Sri Lanka, and ask the Lord to work in many hearts as the team speak of Christ with them
  • Pray that our partner organisation would recover well from a difficult year, and that the Lord would provide all they need for the year ahead



Two female politicians beheaded

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25th January 2021

In a shocking incident, two female Kurdish politicians were beheaded by jihadists in northern Syria. This act of violence, thought to have been carried out by ISIS, has been described as a warning to others in an area where women play a significant role in politics. The incident is part of a wider pattern, with ISIS, like the Taliban, Boko Haram and other religious extremist groups, viewing women as a threat and targeting teachers, administrators and women who are active in society.  

  • Pray for a mighty work of God in Syria, to bring stable leadership and peace between rival groups
  • Pray for those whose loved ones have been kidnapped, trafficked or killed by extremist groups – that they might know God’s comfort
  • Ask that those who have committed these atrocities will be brought to justice
  • Pray for those witnessing to Syrian refugees, that they might speak truth with wisdom, compassion and hope

Sources: Morning Star, Jerusalem Post



50,000 Households affected by Floods

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22nd January 2021

Floods across four provinces have affected tens of thousands of households after heavy monsoon rains, with almost 1000 people being displaced so far. Two fatalities have been reported. Landslides were also reported in two of the four affected districts. AsiaLink partners are seeking to reach out to local people at this time, providing essentials for those worst affected.

  • Please pray for all those who have lost possessions, homes and loved ones
  • Pray that the authorities would respond swiftly and effectively to reduce suffering
  • Lift up our partners as they reach out in areas where the gospel is not known – that they would be full of love and compassion, and that they would have great opportunities to speak of Christ

Source: FloodList


Contradictions in attitude to virus

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25th January 2021

The nation has notoriously maintained that it is virus–free, banning people from uttering the word ‘coronavirus’ and arresting those wearing masks whilst the hospitals fill up with ‘pneumonia’ patients. However, when the nation hosts the Track Cycling World Championships in October, competitors will be required to receive vaccinations against “unspecified infectious diseases”.

  • Pray that the President’s post–truth attitude to leadership would be challenged and exposed for the good of the people
  • Pray for safety for all involved in the cycling event in October
  • Pray that the people of Turkmenistan would hunger for truth and find it in the Word of God

Sources: Cycling Tips



Forced labour and white gold

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13th January 2021

Cotton is one of Uzbekistan’s most important yet contentious exports. Generating over $1bn annually, it is nicknamed “white gold”. However, millions are forced by the state to pick huge quantities in unsafe conditions. In recent years, boycotts and international pressure have caused the president to begin dismantling the forced labour system. Last year, the government asked for the boycott by over 300 companies to end, considering the progress made. The companies refuse to do so until there are zero cases of forced labour in the country.

Meanwhile, COVID has dramatically reduced employment, income and the well–being of Uzbeks. Due to school closures, child labour has increase in order to support suffering families.


  • Pray that those enforcing the boycott would be a positive force for change in the country rather than a hindrance
  • Pray that the government would be wise in balancing cotton production, safety and human rights
  • Ask that the cotton industry would transform into an ethical and economically uplifting place to work
  • Pray for the protection of those vulnerable to exploitation


Sources: Uzbek Forum



Nation’s First Christian Public Library

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25th January 2021

The first Christian public library has opened in Vietnam, following a six–month approval process under the Communist government. The venture in Ho Chi Minh City’s central business district is a collaboration between Bible Society Vietnam and local Christian business people. The library is stocked with 5000 resources including Bible study aids in a number of languages. For many believers in the nation, this is the first time they will have access to resources of this nature.

  • Praise God for allowing this venture to take place in such a restrictive country
  • Give thanks for all the believers who have donated funds and books from their personal collections to make this vision a reality
  • Pray that Buddhists, Catholics and others would be drawn to the library and discover the gospel through the literature there
  • Pray for the safety and long–term success of the library – that it would not face restrictions or threats and that it would be a blessing to the church for decades to come

Source: Eternity News



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25th January 2021

With the inauguration of Joe Biden as President of the USA, questions are being raised over Saudi Arabia’s battle with so–called ‘Houthi rebels’ in Yemen. The Trump administration had backed the Saudis as they extended their influence in the nation, but claims that the Saudis have failed to achieve any goal may cause Biden to withdraw American backing and leave Saudi Arabia facing difficult decisions. With an end to the conflict a long way off, it is clear that something needs to change.

  • Pray that the American and Saudi administrations would make wise decisions which prioritise human rights and safety above national interests and ambitions
  • Pray that an end to the war in Yemen would come soon, before the situation gets any worse
  • Pray for Christian workers facing significant obstacles as they seek to support the nation’s few believers and proclaim Christ to a suffering nation

Source: Tehran Times


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