Since the beginning of the New Year, Afghanistan had several earthquake events. The Afghan people are already struggling with the consequences of a sequence of earthquakes in October 2023. The nation finds itself in an ongoing struggle with infrastructure damage, displacement and homelessness, economic setbacks, and enduring psychological and social effects.
Pray for divine protection over all the Afghan people facing uncertainty due to natural disasters (The Holy Bible, Joel 3:16).
Pray for the LORD to rebuild the lives and livelihood of the Afghan people struggling with the aftermath of the recent earthquakes (The Holy Bible, Jeremiah 33:7).
Afghanistan is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the Islamic extremist group, the Taliban. Originally a group of radical Islamic scholars, the founders of the Taliban intended to bring political and economic stability to the nation after nearly two decades of conflict. However, its radical practices brought oppression and the country’s poverty worsened. The subsequent 20 years of military intervention from international troops protected the development of an elected government. However, troop withdrawals in mid-2021 saw a rapid collapse and a return of the Taliban to power, prompting one of the most extreme large-scale evacuations of foreigners and vulnerable national staff. More than 2 million refugees have sought shelter in neighboring nations. Since the Taliban returned to power, the economy has failed to recover from international sanctions are extreme and the lives of women and children are very difficult. Christians living in Afghanistan cannot easily meet for fellowship, but online services, resources, and outreaches continue to be highly effective.
Political corruption is a significant concern in South Sudan. There have been allegations of stealing, bribery, and misuse of public resources by government authorities. The lack of an effective and transparent judicial system to hold the authorities accountable for their corrupt practices leads the country to political instability and conflict.
Pray for a strong judiciary in South Sudan to implement stringent laws to tackle corruption in the nation. (The Holy Bible, Hosea 9:9)
Pray for the LORD to dethrone authorities who misuse their power for their lustful desires for money. (The Holy Bible, 2 Timothy 3:1-9)
Salva Kiir Mayardit is the President. and Abdalla Hamdok was appointed as Prime Minister by the Sovereignty Council on 21 August 2019, as part of the country’s transition to democracy.
South Sudan, a nation of roughly 11 million people, is seen as one of the most diverse nations in the region, consisting of more than 60 different ethnic groups. Around 60% of its population identifies as Christian. Although it attained independence from Sudan in 2011, in recent years, political disputes have largely fallen along ethnic lines. South Sudan is only recently emerging from a devastating, multiyear civil war. However, it has been mired in political instability and violence since 2013. Although the new outbreak of war caught the Church unprepared in South Sudan, it has played a major role in protecting people and mobilizing humanitarian support, and in mediating local peace and reconciliation processes rebuilding the capacity of the nation.
The conspiracy and cruelty against innocent civilians by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are increasing without ceasing. Negotiations for a ceasefire between the warring armed forces failed. Mass killing and insecurity resulted in the mass displacement of civilians.
LORD, remember SAF and RSF and their international allies, according to their evil works, who have been intimidating the civilians in Sudan. (The Holy Bible, Nehemiah 6:14)
Pray for a new civilian-led transitional government that ensures the accountability of the warring rivalries. (The Holy Bible, Proverbs 21:15)
Sudan has moved to 10th position in the World Watch report 2023 by Open Doors for Christian persecution due to escalation in hostilities Chairman/ Presidential Standard of the Transitional Sovereignty Council of the Republic of Sudan- Incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Burhan since 25 October 2021. Prime Minister of the Republic of Sudan- Incumbent Osman Hussein (Acting) since 19 January 2022. Persecution of Christians remains incredibly high in Sudan and hasn’t changed much in the last year. Christians have been treated badly for their faith in Christ. They have endured hate speech and terrible abhorrence. As it was illegal for Muslim women to marry non-Muslim men, many such people were forced into reconversion. In many areas, the Churches were vandalized and burned down. Although the majority are Muslim, there is a substantial Christian minority in Sudan. The new transition government is trying to gain recognition on the international stage and is working to provide protection for religious minorities. Many Sudanese Christians welcome the changes, while others say it’s too late. Still, others say the country has a long way to go to demonstrate acceptance of them and other religious minorities.