Day 2

OCTOBER | 2022

Sudan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Praise Report

Thank God that Christian celebrations and occasions are now recognized as official holidays in Sudan (The Bible, Nehemiah 8:12).

Praise God for Christian Believers who have the opportunity to offer Christian training and discipleship to people from Somalia and Eritrea who are able to travel overland into Sudan. (The Bible, Matthew16:18).

Prayer Requests

Pray against the attacks on Christians and Church buildings still taking place in Sudan.

Pray for protection for Sudanese Christians from a Muslim background that they will withstand the onslaught of the evil one and opposition from their families and communities (The Bible, Acts 10:36).

Call to Salvation

We declare God’s dominion over leadership in Sudan and that religious freedom in Sudan will become a reality as an answer to the prayers of Sudanese Christian Believers.

Empower the Christian Believers to bring many people to Christ through vigorous gospel sharing (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 1:23).

Sources:

WIN

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Sudan stays in 13th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Chairman/ Presidential Standard of the Transitional Sovereignty Council of the Republic of Sudan- Incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Burhan since 25 October 2021. Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan- Incumbent Osman Hussein (Acting) since 19 January 2022. Persecution of Christians remains incredibly high in Sudan and hasn’t changed much in the last year. Christians have been treated badly for their faith in Christ. They have endured hate speech and terrible abhorrence. As it was illegal for Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, many such people were forced into reconversion. In many areas, the Churches were vandalized and burned down. Although the majority are Muslim, there is a substantial Christian minority in Sudan. The new transition government is trying to gain recognition on the international stage and is working to provide protection for religious minorities. Many Sudanese Christians welcome the changes, while others say it’s too late. And still, others say the country has a long way to go to demonstrate acceptance of them and other religious minorities.

CHIEF OF STATE
Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
HEAD OF GOV.
Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok
POPULATION
41,592,539
CHRISTIANS
5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
13
REFUGEES
2,498,776
LIFE EXPECTANCY
59.8 yrs
LITERACY RATE
71.9%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
46.5%

Day 2

OCTOBER | 2022

South Sudan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Praise Report

Praise God that throughout fifty years of struggles, South Sudan’s different Churches have remained faithful. Praise God for Christian Believers from Uganda who are able to fly a small plane into South Sudan and visit with rural communities, offering Biblical teaching and discipleship and encouraging the local churches in South Sudan (The Bible, Isaiah 40:29).

Prayer Requests

Pray that amid destruction and failed politics, Church leaders will emerge as people of credibility and national recognition (The Bible, Ezra 8:23)

Pray that God will enable the Christian leaders to effectively lobby the international community to support peace between communities torn apart by war and ethnic strife (The Bible, Luke 22:26).

Call to Salvation

We declare God’s rule and reign over South Sudan. May the Christian Leaders encourage national unity. Embolden the Church to overcome acts of intimidation and enable the Christian Believers to boldly profess their faith in Christ (The Bible, Mark 13:10).

Source:

WIN

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Salva Kiir Mayardit is the President. and Abdalla Hamdok was appointed as Prime Minister by the Sovereignty Council on 21 August 2019, as part of the country’s transition to democracy.

South Sudan, a nation of roughly 11 million people, is seen as one of the most diverse nations in the region, consisting of more than 60 different ethnic groups. Around 60% of its population identifies as Christian. Although it attained independence from Sudan in 2011, in recent years, political disputes have largely fallen along ethnic lines. South Sudan is only recently emerging from a devastating, multiyear civil war. However, it has been mired in political instability and violence since 2013. Although the new outbreak of war caught the Church unprepared in South Sudan, it has played a major role in protecting people and mobilizing humanitarian support, and in mediating local peace and reconciliation processes rebuilding the capacity of the nation.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Salva Kiir Mayardit
HEAD OF GOV.
President Salva Kiir Mayardit
POPULATION
12,230,730
CHRISTIANS
58.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
11.3%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Christianity
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
2,093,729
LIFE EXPECTANCY
62.04 yrs
LITERACY RATE
27%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
50.6%

Day 2

OCTOBER | 2022

Afghanistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Praise Report

Praise God for the Christian Believers who remain in this nation. Pray that they will be protected and wise, able to continue being salt and light in the midst of extremely difficult times (The Bible, Matthew 5:13-16).

Prayer Requests

Pray for the provision of food. Pray that the Lord would demonstrate His miracle power to provide for those who most need it and those who call on Him (The Bible, John 6:31).
Pray for women and girls whose lives have again drastically changed and freedoms have been lost. Pray that Jesus will meet them and offer them hope, dignity and love (The Bible, Proverbs 31:25).

Call to Salvation

We declare over this nation that Jesus is the way, truth, and life. We speak out God’s abundant life that brings hope, security and peace that the people of Afghanistan so desperately need (The Bible, John 14:6).

Sources:

WIN

Afghanistan: Nearly 20 million going hungry (UN)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Afghanistan is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the Islamic extremist group, the Taliban. Originally a group of radical Islamic scholars, the founders of the Taliban intended to bring political and economic stability to the nation after nearly two decades of conflict. However, its radical practices brought oppression and the country’s poverty worsened.  The subsequent 20 years of military intervention from international troops protected the development of an elected government. However, troop withdrawals in mid-2021 saw a rapid collapse and a return of the Taliban to power, prompting one of the most extreme large-scale evacuations of foreigners and vulnerable national staff. More than 2 million refugees have sought shelter in neighboring nations. Since the Taliban returned to power, the economy has failed to recover. Combined with the global food and fuel insecurity as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine, Afghanistan is now on the brink of famine.

CHIEF OF STATE
Hibatullah Akhundzada
HEAD OF GOV.
Hasan Akhund
POPULATION
32,225,560
CHRISTIANS
0.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
2
REFUGEES
1,324,996
LIFE EXPECTANCY
60.93 yrs
LITERACY RATE
31%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
36%