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).
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).