Day 29

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Nigeria

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Afenifere, a Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization knocked the Federal Government over poor handling of the nation’s security. It described the situation as equivalent to ceding the country to terrorists. President Buhari’s government has greatly lost the confidence, trust and hope invested in it at its inception. Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria also criticized the Federal Government and security agencies over growing incidents of kidnapping and killings of Catholic priests. National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko urged the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council to speak up and condemn the persecution of Catholics in the country. Pray that the government confronts the terrorists and puts an end to the needless losses and agonies of Nigerians (The Bible Psalm 6:2).

Source:

https://punchng.com/outrage-as-buhari-gifts-niger-republic-n1-1bn-suvs/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Nigeria is listed in 9th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Muhammadu Buhari is the president of Nigeria. It is Africa’s most populous country. The diversity is represented in 544 people groups. Mangroves and tropical forests are in the south, savanna and grasslands are found in the north. Wetlands along the coast parallel this diversity. Striking differences also exist between the majority Muslim and feudal north and the largely Christian and more developed south. Deep ethnic and religious divisions threaten the nation as a whole. Constant tensions exist between tribal rivalries – particularly in the north and central states where Muslims and Christians coexist. Years of devastating violence by Boko Haram has left roughly 20,000 dead and displaced millions.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Muhammadu Buhari
HEAD OF GOV.
President Muhammadu Buhari
POPULATION
181 million
CHRISTIANS
50.4%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
19.8%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Christianity
PERSECUTION RANKING
9
REFUGEES
1,190,113
LIFE EXPECTANCY
52 yrs
LITERACY RATE
61.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
70%

Day 29

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Maldives

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

There are twelve nations in the world where apostasy, the conversion from one religion to another, is criminalized and the punishment is the death sentence. These nations are Maldives, Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and some northern states of Nigeria. As all of these nations are Muslim-majority nations, the apostasy laws can apply to people who convert from Islam to Christianity. Pray that the power of fear will be broken as it prevents people from putting their trust in Jesus Christ, when such a consequence hangs over their heads. Pray that a new beginning may happen in Maldives one day, when this law is repealed (The Bible, Lamentations 3:22-23).

Source: London Ministerial: What We Have Learned about China, Pakistan, and the World (Bitter Winter)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The Maldives is Asia’s smallest country by area and population known for its lucrative tourism industry. It is an extremely closed country, claiming to be 100 percent Muslim, and heavily repressing any Christian influence. Only a handful of secret Believers live in the Maldives. With dozens of Maldivians joining IS in recent years, the island nation is believed to be “fertile ground for recruitment” to radical Islam. Surprising results in general elections a few years ago saw the opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeating the former president, Abdulla Yameen who faces corruption charges. The new government has begun reforms but has struggled to see any real effective change take place. COVID-19 had a significant impact on the tourism industry in the first half of 2020 and attempts to recover in 2021 were hampered by the severe outbreaks in India.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
HEAD OF GOV.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
POPULATION
393,000
CHRISTIANS
0%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
15
REFUGEES
45
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.37 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
16%

Day 29

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Jordan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid visited Jordan and had a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi at al-Husseiniya Palace in Amman. Israel has announced plans to advance the construction of a previously approved multimillion-dollar joint industrial park with Jordan along the two countries’ shared border. The decision for the project, dubbed the “Jordan Gateway”, came during an Israeli government cabinet meeting. It is considered as a good peace agreement with Jordan and Israel, and the project will be a breakthrough that will contribute greatly to developing and strengthening the region. The project is estimated to cost about 200 million Israeli shekels. Pray for people to benefit through the projects and to believe in Christ for new beginnings for a better future (The Bible, Job 8:7).

Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/8/1/israel-and-jordan-advance-plans-to-complete-joint-industrial-park

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Jordan is listed in 38th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein has been King of Jordan. Bisher Al-Khasawneh is the incumbent Prime Minister since 12 October 2020. There are about 8 million people living in Jordan. The original inhabitants of Jordan are the nomadic Bedouin people and many of their traditions still shape the culture, such as in the provision of hospitality.  The prices for food and petrol increase constantly with salaries remaining at the same level. This is a particular challenge. Poverty is on the rise. Jordan’s major population is Muslim; there is a small percentage of Christians. However, Jordanian Christians often live in isolation from Muslims.

CHIEF OF STATE
King Abdullah II
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Abdullah Ensour
POPULATION
8,118,000
CHRISTIANS
2.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.3%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
38
REFUGEES
672,930
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.90 yrs
LITERACY RATE
93.4%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
14.2%

Day 29

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Senegal

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

In continuation of a tradition of robust multiparty competition in the country, Senegalese voters went to the polls in July 2022. It is one of a handful of African countries that have never experienced a military coup. For the first time in the country’s contemporary history, no single coalition won an outright majority in parliament. The election process itself was nothing out of the ordinary in Senegal. But the results of the election and their implications for democratic oversight are unprecedented. Pray for democratic statesmanship and political skill for ruling and opposition party leaders. Pray that the Senegalese who believe in the rule and reign of God to have the traditions broken and experience newness in life (The Bible, Romans 6:4).

Source:

https://theconversation.com/senegal-pulled-off-another-peaceful-poll-why-this-time-the-results-herald-a-big-political-shift-188606

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Macky Sall a Senegalese geologist and politician is the president and Mohammed Dionne is the Prime Minister. As a model of democratic success, Senegal has remained relatively peaceful and enjoyed economic stability and freedom of the press for years. Agriculture and tourism are the country’s main sources of revenue. Tightened security laws have affected freedoms as the nation has a concern about encroaching militant Islam in the region. Government forces have been deployed increasingly to the border regions this year. Senegal is a Muslim-dominated multi-party democracy but remains accepting of other religions. Christian Believers remain free to worship openly and rarely face persecution. Senegal hosts large refugee numbers. Many African illegal migrants use Senegal as a departure point for Europe.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Macky Sall
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Mohamed Dionne
POPULATION
13,976,000
CHRISTIANS
5.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
17,188
LIFE EXPECTANCY
61.32 yrs
LITERACY RATE
39.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
54%