Artworks from the former Kingdom of Benin, which are currently located in 131 museums in 20 countries, are listed on the “Digital Benin” online platform, which was presented in Berlin. It was a decisive step toward the restitution of cultural heritage of the country. The project, which officially started two years ago, offers for the first time an overview of all items identified by official institutions. Altogether, 5,246 items located in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Canada and Israel, as well as in 14 European countries, were cataloged at the launch of the platform. Even though the debate surrounding the return of cultural assets to their countries of origin wasn’t always smooth, the cooperation with the museums was open and constructive. Pray for Benin to repent and denounce demonic worship. Pray that Beninese come to their senses and worship the true living God(The Bible, Luke 4:8).
Across Indonesia each year 12 million girls are married before they turn 18 making it among the 10 nations of the world with the highest number of child brides. Advocacy groups say that child brides are significantly more at risk of exploitation, sexual violence, domestic abuse, and death in early childbirth. Though the Constitutional Court agreed to increase the legal age for marriage, it did not specify which age, rendering the ruling meaningless. Lawmakers have spent the last three years arguing about what the age should be increased to. Pray for a speedy resolution and a passing of a new, enforceable law. Pray for young girls to hear about the love of Jesus this month (The Bible, Ephesians 5:2).