Day 22

MAY | 2022

Ethiopia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The continuing civil war and the ethnically-motivated atrocities are causing grave concerns in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian government has to try and find all possibilities to restore peace in the region. The civil war has been brutal in northern Ethiopia leading to a ghastly humanitarian crisis.  Tens of thousands of people have died. There is massive displacement, economic instability, and devastating famine in the country. A mini-truce has been struck enabling the transport of food aid to northern Ethiopia. Pray for half of the population at risk of dying due to the conflict in Tigray. Pray for people in Amhara, the hardest-hit area by the conflict with heavy infrastructural damage. Pray that the Lord will command the slayers with His mighty power and authority in the Tigray region of Ethiopia to put down their weapons. Pray that the churches courageously convince the people not to take revenge but leave the opportunity for God’s wrath and strive for peace with the power of God (The Bible, Romans 12:19).

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/4/12/ethiopia-seizing-the-fragile-opening-for-peace

https://www.news24.com/news24/africa/news/food-aid-starts-to-flow-into-northern-ethiopia-after-mini-truce-20220411

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Ethiopia is listed in the 36th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution The current president of Ethiopia is Sahle-Work Zewde and the Prime Minister is Abiy Ahmed. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party won the most seats in Ethiopia’s parliamentary election, a victory that assures him another term in office. It was the country’s first free and fair election after decades of repressive rule. However, an opposition boycott, the war in the northern region of Tigray, ethnic violence, and logistical challenges in some areas overshadowed the election.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Sahle-Work Zewde
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Abiy Ahmed
POPULATION
99,466,000
CHRISTIANS
60.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
17.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Christianity
PERSECUTION RANKING
36
REFUGEES
665,240
LIFE EXPECTANCY
57.64 yrs
LITERACY RATE
39%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
39%

Day 22

MAY | 2022

Myanmar

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

In the last 14 months since the military coup took place, horrific war crimes continue to gain headlines. Civilians are targeted by airstrikes and heavy artillery. Most of the attacks take place in states that are seen to be ethnically or religiously different from the mainstream. Many of these states have their own armies that try to protect their civilians. Hundreds of thousands of people are said to be hiding in caves because they are too afraid to return to their villages. Pray for an end to their suffering. We give thanks to You, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign (The Bible, Revelation 11:17).

Source: Armed by Russia, Myanmar’s military is unleashing hell on its people (Sydney Morning Herald)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

In 2015, the first openly contested elections were held since 1990, favoring its first non-military president since the military coup of 1962. Aung San Suu Kyi’s democracy movement took power after 50 years of military domination, and again won a landslide victory in the January 2021 elections. The victory was short-lived when a military coup led by the commander-in-chief, Min Aung Hlaing, in February 2021 overthrew the government and thrust the nation into a chaos of protests and violence which has increasingly turned into a civil war.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Myint Swe (acting)
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Min Aung Hlaing
POPULATION
56,320,000
CHRISTIANS
8.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
5.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Buddhism
PERSECUTION RANKING
18
REFUGEES
1,186,501
LIFE EXPECTANCY
66.29 yrs
LITERACY RATE
92.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
32.7%