Day 28

MAY | 2022

Somalia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

A recent terror mortar attack on Somalia’s parliament has injured a number of people. The attack was aimed at undermining the approval of the procedures for the election. It was condemned by Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble. His office described it as a cowardly attempt to intimidate parliament, which is in the process of finishing Somalia’s indirect election, which was delayed for a long time. Somalia is a country already suffering from famine, and now faces its worst drought in a decade. Children are affected most. As parents struggle to feed them, half of the country’s under-five kids will suffer from acute malnutrition. Pray for the political wrangling between the leaders to come to an end. Pray for starving children on the verge of death. Pray for the churches to provide relief to the poverty-stricken people with care and support. Pray for the people to be delivered from death by the power of God as He is the only Sovereign God who can save them (The Bible, 1 Timothy 6:15-16).

Sources:

https://www.voanews.com/a/al-shabab-claims-mortar-attack-on-somali-parliament/6534121.html

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-61036465

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

MAY | 2022

Pakistan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

A vote of no confidence saw leader Imran Khan removed from his position, and Shehbaz Sharif was voted in as the new Prime Minister. A very fragile alliance between 11 different parties was needed for the vote of no confidence. Pray for wisdom for the new Prime Minister as he seeks to move forward. The key failure of the previous ruling party was their inability to deliver on their election promises. Pray that the Lord will guide his footsteps towards greater stability. Pray for his salvation. The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? (The Bible, Psalm 27:1).

Source: The troubled path ahead for Pakistan’s new prime minister (Al Jazeera)

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%