Day 9

DECEMBER | 2021

Azerbaijan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Churches who have been unable to be registered with authorities are deemed illegal and are subject to police raids and sometimes secret police attend the church meetings. As the Church celebrates Christmas, pray for special protection over church meetings in Azerbaijan. Pray that Christmas services and celebrations will not be hindered or interfered with. We celebrate that God showed His love among us by sending His one and only Son into the world that people in Azerbaijan might live through Him (The Bible, 1 John 4:9).

Source: Azerbaijan (Voice of the Martyrs)

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%