The Yemen civil war has displaced people, caused famine and disease: cholera claimed nearly two and a half thousand deaths since April 2017. Almost one third of the total suspected cases are children under five years old. Pray for all who need water, for peace in Yemen to end the current food crisis.
Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East and has faced decades of instability. Since 2015, civil war has gripped the country and left the people in desperate need of humanitarian aid. More than 9,000 Yemenis have been killed, over 50,000 injured and 3 million people have fled their homes. Millions of people face shortages of food and water, and less than half the country’s health facilities are operational. Approximately 16.4 million people currently have no access to healthcare. Pray that the UN and the Saudi-led coalition would work together to reopen ports and resume the delivery of food, medicine and humanitarian aid. Ask God to protect the Yemeni people, bring an end to the conflict, and establish his peace in their land. Pray that believers will be bold to share their faith.
Please pray for the children of Yemen, who due to the current conflict are growing up with a very abnormal understanding of normal life. Many children have not been able to attend school, have not had common childhood immunisations or access to basic healthcare, and do not receive a proper diet. Many of them have lost family members due to the fighting. Pray for the Lord to wrap his loving arms around them. May his people in that land respond to these needs and show his love and compassion to these young lives.
Jesus paid the ultimate price when he came to deal with the problem of hard hearts. He set a challenging example by spending time with the wrong sort of people and deliberately going to places with the wrong religious practices. His command ’Follow me’ will inevitably lead on a route of uncomfortable, risky and sometimes dangerous discipleship. Yemen is one of the least evangelised countries and poorest in the Arab world. Pray for salvation especially in the northern tribes and for Yemeni women whose lives are harsh and limited.
Nadeen, a born and raised Yemeni woman in her late twenties, is not new to the faith. Before a civil war broke out in her country in 2015, she had already accepted Christ. A Christian woman she met at university was able to read the Bible and pray with Nadeen. When she graduated and her discipleship partner left the country, Nadeen was alone. She says “in my heart, I longed to participate in prayer meetings with other believers and learn more.” Through a Facebook account she was able to find fellowship, and she even learned of a secret community of believers in her city. Pray for Nadeen and her family - along with other believers in Yemen today.
Using the power of media, believers from Muslim backgrounds are effectively sharing Christ across the Arab world. Today, more than 125 million individuals use the internet in the Arab world providing a platform for both men and women, with otherwise limited access to Christian resources, to study God’s Word. As a result, our media follow-up network encourages seekers to explore the gospel online and mentors believers through interactive Bible courses.
Aid agencies warn that Yemen faces a terrible disaster. The combination of rising global food prices, severe water shortages, local conflict and a seriously weakened government have left around ten million people unable to buy food. Many children and babies are severely malnourished, and some are not able to survive. Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world with unemployment around 40%. Please pray for God’s intervention in this drastic situation - for the Yemeni people to receive the urgent help they need, for food to be made available at affordable prices so that people can feed their families and for our Father to make His presence known to the Yemeni people.
Population: 25,408,000 (2013)
Official languages: Arabic
GDP (PPP) per capita: $2,476 (2017 est.)
Life expectancy: 65 years
Religions: 100% Muslim, <1% other religions