Day 8

DECEMBER | 2022

Iran

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

For the first time, an Iranian court has given a death sentence to a protestor accused of setting fire to a government building. For more than two months a citizen protest movement has swept Iran. Despite cracking down violently and shutting down the internet to attempt to stop communication about protests, the movement remains. For such a time as this, Jesus was born into our broken world, bringing with Him light into the darkness, victory over death itself. Pray that many Iranians will find Jesus this Christmas season. Pray for restraint and genuine change to sweep into Iran’s government and authorities (The Bible, John 1:5).

Source: Iran Issues First Known Death Sentence for Protester (Wall Street Journal)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Formerly known as Persia, Iran retains its identity as one of the greatest empires of the ancient world. They have maintained their language, culture, and Shia interpretation of Islam. In recent years there has been an increasing internal divide between hard-line and moderate Muslims. Internationally backed US sanctions have taken a significant toll on the economy resulting in protests on the street and greater dissatisfaction with the Islamic clerics. Protests were brutally squashed, only fuelling the tensions. The COVID-19 virus has ravaged the nation, further exposing the government to criticism, however, elections that took place this year returned a hard-line government to power. The evangelical church has continued to see incredible growth. House churches carry great influence and their growth has resulted in ongoing arrests and restrictions on Christians.

CHIEF OF STATE
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
HEAD OF GOV.
President Hassan Rouhani
POPULATION
81,824,000
CHRISTIANS
0.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
8
REFUGEES
982,085
LIFE EXPECTANCY
71.15 yrs
LITERACY RATE
86.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18.7%

Day 8

DECEMBER | 2022

Burkina Faso

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Burkina Faso has descended into chaos. Several weeks after the second military coup took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the people continue to be skeptical about the country’s future, particularly with respect to Christians greatly at risk. The jihadists are spreading terror. Many people are fleeing, leaving their fields and harvests behind unprotected, leaving more and more territory to be taken by the militants. According to official statistics, by the end of June 40 percent of the country was in the hands of the terrorists. The attacks are increasingly being directed against Christians. In some cases, they not only burn down the church building, but also destroy the crosses as a demonstration of their intention to wipe out the Christian faith. Pray for the 1.7 million internally displaced persons. Pray that the dramatic rise in terrorism will be stopped and the mighty hand of God will thrash the enemy (The Bible, Psalm 143:12).

Source:

https://www.churchinneed.org/terrorism-gains-ground-in-burkina-faso-targeting-priests-and-religious/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Burkina Faso stays in 32nd position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba is the interim president. sworn in on 16 February. On March 1, 2022. Burkina Faso is Africa’s fourth largest gold producer. It has so much potential, but the country also has the world’s fourth-lowest rating on the UN’s human development index. The country continues to struggle economically as well as with corruption. Disease, malnutrition, and low education levels are major issues. Freedom does exist in religion. In the Sahel region, Islamist extremist groups have a huge and growing influence. Jihadist violence has been rapidly increasing in recent years and militants have taken control of large parts of the eastern region. This has led to numerous attacks on Churches and hundreds of Church closures.

CHIEF OF STATE
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
HEAD OF GOV.
Paul Kaba Thieba
POPULATION
18,932,000
CHRISTIANS
20.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
9.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
32
REFUGEES
32,097
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55.86 yrs
LITERACY RATE
28.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
46.7%