Day 10

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Indonesia

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Indonesia has been updating its criminal code, including the chapter entitled Criminal Actions Against Religious Belief and Religious Life. The revisions include several provisions that may be positive for Christians including laws preventing forced conversions, but additions also criminalize those who intend to change another person’s religion which could be read as anti-evangelism. Updates also include expanding the anti-blasphemy laws and do not clarify the already confusing laws around building permits for new or existing churches. Pray that these laws will be a new beginning for arguing protection over the Church, and not be used against the Church (The Bible, Psalm 19:9-11).

Source:

Indonesia’s New Criminal Code Revealed, Modernizing the Controversial Anti-Blasphemy Laws (ICC)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Having Southeast Asia’s strongest economy, Indonesia is also one of the G20’s wealthiest. It is the world’s fourth most populous nation. It also has the largest concentration of Muslims, yet Indonesia has an astonishingly high level of Christian presence. More than ten percent of the population are Christians, over 28 million people, with church growth continuing to increase. While Christianity is not illegal, provincial laws can override it and Islamic law is sometimes used. Muslim extremists continue to spread anti-Christian messages in the public sector.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Joko Widodo
HEAD OF GOV.
President Joko Widodo
POPULATION
255.9 million
CHRISTIANS
12.9%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.8%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
47
REFUGEES
11,186
LIFE EXPECTANCY
72.45 yrs
LITERACY RATE
92.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
11.7%

Day 10

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Benin

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Located on the Gulf of Guinea, the hot and humid West African nation shares borders with Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east, and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. Each year on August 1, the Republic of Benin celebrates its Independence Day commemorating the day in 1960 on which it gained its full independence from France. It is celebrated as the country’s National Day, a public holiday. Benin was once known as the Kingdom of Dahomey. Over one million people were taken from Benin as slaves

in the past. The practice of Voodoos originated in Benin. Benin has one of the youngest populations in the world. Pray for Beninese to shun the superstitious practices and accept Jesus Christ the true ling God (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:5).

Source:

https://travelnoire.com/benin-independence-5-interesting-facts-about-the-republic-of-benin,

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Patrice Guillaume Athanase Talon is a Beninese politician and businessman who has been President of Benin since 6 April 2016.  An economist and investment banker turned politician, Lionel Zinsou was appointed Prime Minister of Benin in June 2015. Benin is best known for its peaceful democracy, one of the most stable in Africa. However, corruption remains a significant issue. The country, once hosting main ports crucial in the slave trade, still negotiates shady deals. Poverty increases each year. At the start of this year, the government made moves to effectively exile all political opposition. This resulted in massive public protests, with unrest continuing for some months.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Thomas Yayi Boni
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Lionel Zinsou
POPULATION
10,449,000
CHRISTIANS
31.7%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
7.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Christianity
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
483
LIFE EXPECTANCY
61.47 yrs
LITERACY RATE
42.4%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
37.4%
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