Day 9

JUNE | 2022

Mali

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Since the military seized power in the Sahel state, Mali has been in turmoil.

Two coups have precipitated a political crisis in Mali, where armed groups are also looking to grab power. There are ongoing negotiations within the administration over the length of time needed to restore constitutional order. Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe has agreed to act as a mediator in Mali’s political crisis as the West African country’s military government faces pressure to re-establish civilian rule. Pray that President Faure Gnassingbe will use his good office, wisdom and experience to facilitate dialogue with the regional and international community. Pray that the Malians and the leaders submit to God and be at peace with Him; in this way prosperity will come to them. Pray for them to accept instruction from His mouth and lay up His words in their heart for something new to happen (The Bible, Job 22:21-22).

Source:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/5/5/togo-leader-agrees-to-mali-crisis-mediator-role-officials

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Mali is listed in 28th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. President of the Republic of Mali is incumbent Assimi Goïta Interim since 24 May 2021 and Choguel Kokalla Maïga, the Prime Minister since 6 June 2020. Mali struggles to keep peace with ever-present tribal tensions, and the presence of many radical Islamic militant groups in the north. The Malian government and northern armed groups signed an internationally mediated peace accord. The government has failed to make progress on this peace accord and tensions have remained.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Modibo Keita
POPULATION
16,956,000
CHRISTIANS
2.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.6%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
28
REFUGEES
291,615
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
27.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
36.1%

Day 9

JUNE | 2022

Azerbaijan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

For some years, Azerbaijan has spent significant money to strengthen its military. Some suggest this was advance planning for the 2020 war with Armenia over disputed territory which Azerbaijan won. Since that victory, Azerbaijan’s military spending has only increased. Not a great deal is known about military spending and the opposition argues this has been a cover for a lot of corruption. Pray for wisdom and transparency. Declare that through Christ Jesus, the Spirit gives life and sets us free from the law of sin and death. Pray that many in Azerbaijan would experience this new life (The Bible, Romans 8:2).

Source: After war victory, Azerbaijan keeps increasing military spending (Eurasianet)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Azerbaijan has been riding the line for years between democracy and fiefdom. Its New Azerbaijan Party is accused of authoritarianism and bribery. It imprisons corruption-busting journalists and human rights advocates. Friction with neighboring Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh disputed territory turned into outright war during this last year. Though a peace deal was negotiated, relations between the two nations have soured. Oil export revenues have aided the Azeri population, elevating living standards and increasing military strength.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ilham Aliyev
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Artur Rasizade
POPULATION
9,781,000
CHRISTIANS
2.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
628,170
LIFE EXPECTANCY
72.2 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
6%