Day 28

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Somalia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Somalia’s Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre named the country’s new cabinet and announced the 26 nominated names in consultation with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud. It is done to dovetail into President Mohamud’s agenda of tackling drought, insecurity, developing the country’s economy and creating jobs for Somali youth. The named cabinet ministers have education and experience and they can fulfil their duties. Among the new ministers is former al-Shabaab deputy leader and spokesman, Mukhtar Robow. He was named Religion Minister. He has been under house arrest for the past three years following a disagreement with former Somali president, Mohamed Abdullahi.  Pray for God’s instructions and ways to change the political situation in Somalia and create new beginnings in the country with His presence and grace (The Bible, 2 Samuel 21:1).

Source:

https://africa.cgtn.com/2022/08/03/somalia-prime-minister-announces-26-man-cabinet/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Somalia is listed in 3rd position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo is the President and the Prime Minister is Mohamed Hussein Roble. Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the Northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa’s mainland. It is one of the countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. The pressure on Christians remains at an extreme level. Christians in the country risk being killed by Islamic militants, and clan leaders. Elders and family members monitor the movements of any suspected Christian convert. In recent years, the situation appears to have gotten even worse. Islamic militants have intensified their hunt for Christians, particularly any in a position of leadership. There are nearly 11 million ethnic Somalis in Somalia.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Mohamed Hussein Roble
POPULATION
10,616,000
CHRISTIANS
0.3%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
3
REFUGEES
1,160,286
LIFE EXPECTANCY
51.96 yrs
LITERACY RATE
37.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
Unknown

Day 28

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Pakistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

As Pakistan celebrates 75 years of independence, analysts comment that the nation seems more divided than ever. Pakistan is experiencing one of its worst political, constitutional, and economic crises in its 75-year history. Political groups are completely at loggerheads. The judicial system is just not working effectively. The bureaucracy is resisting any changes that may help it work more smoothly. Militant groups have taken root. Pakistan is one of the world’s most dangerous places for Christians. Pray that a new beginning will come for Pakistan. Pray for a cleansing of the land, its history, and its people. Praise God that He offers living waters that heal and restore (The Bible, John 4:10).
Source: Pakistan at 75: A Country in Search of Itself (The Diplomat)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Pakistan has the world’s third-largest Muslim population. It is also one of the world’s most corrupt countries. Pakistan’s political and economic systems are crippled by the interference of refugees and radical Islamists. Pakistan hosts 1.4 million refugees and at least 48 terrorist and extremist groups – including the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and IS. The country’s culture of Islamization with its notorious blasphemy laws has led to devastating consequences for Christian Believers, who experience more violence than almost anywhere else. Threats of violence and terror attacks are a genuine part of life for the Christian community. Despite obstacles, the Church continues to grow, though lack of sound teaching opens the door to corruption, immorality, and low spiritual standards among Christians. Pakistan has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic with the numbers of cases and deaths high, and the economic impact felt keenly among the nation’s poor.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Arif Alvi
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Shehbaz Sharif
POPULATION
199 million
CHRISTIANS
0.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
Unknown
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
5
REFUGEES
2,962,782
LIFE EXPECTANCY
67.39 yrs
LITERACY RATE
55%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
12.4%