Praise God that the Evangelical Church in Indonesia is growing at an annual rate of 2.8%. This is faster than the overall global growth rate for the Evangelical Church. In part, this could be explained by Indonesia’s vast population. As the number of Christians increases, so does the opportunity for Indonesians to meet and interact with a Christian person. The potential for even more multiplication is enormous. Pray that Christian Indonesians will all feel courageous enough to invite their not-yet-Christian friends to the Christmas services and events this Christmas season. Pray that many will accept the wonderful gift of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 9:15).
Coastal erosion is impacting the whole of West Africa. Homes and businesses along Benin’s Atlantic coast are losing their battle against the sea, with experts saying the country loses approximately thirty meters of its coastline annually to the ocean. The government has spent millions of dollars protecting coastal communities from sea erosion. Still, climate change and rising sea levels have exacerbated the vulnerability of the coastal region. The government has built thirteen structures along beaches, particularly east of the country’s largest city, Cotonou, to slow ocean erosion. Water levels are rising due to climate change, severe weather phenomena, and the increased high waves washing over the coasts. Pray that Beninese call on the God of the creation to escape natural disasters (The Bible, Luke 4:8).