Day 29

DECEMBER | 2022

Senegal

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

On a beach in Senegal with so much plastic trash that much of the sand is covered, one man is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of plastics — by wearing many of the bags, cups and other junk that might just as soon be part of trash piles. He is environmental activist Modou Fall, whom many simply call “Plastic Man. He emphasizes telling anybody about the problems of plastics. As he walks, strands and chunks of plastic dangle from his arms and legs, rustling in the wind while some drags on the ground. On Fall’s chest, poking out from the plastics, is a sign in French that says, “No to plastic bags.” He says that plastic pollution, often from people who chuck things wherever without a second thought, is an ecological disaster. Pray for the mission against trash to clean Senegal. Pray for Senegalese to git rid of their sins by accepting God’s righteousness(The Bible, Psalm 11:7).

Source:

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-11-10/plastic-man-in-senegal-on-mission-against-trash

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Macky Sall is a Senegalese politician who has been President of Senegal since April 2012. Mohammed Dionne is the Prime Minister. As a model of democratic success, Senegal has remained relatively peaceful and enjoyed economic stability and freedom of the press for years. Agriculture and tourism are the country’s main sources of revenue. Tightened security laws have affected freedoms as the nation has concerns about encroaching militant Islam in the region. Government forces have been deployed increasingly to the border regions this year. Senegal is a Muslim-dominated multi-party democracy but remains accepting of other religions. Christian Believers remain free to worship openly and rarely face persecution. Senegal hosts large refugee numbers. Many African illegal migrants use Senegal as a departure point for Europe.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Macky Sall
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Mohamed Dionne
POPULATION
13,976,000
CHRISTIANS
5.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.2%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
17,188
LIFE EXPECTANCY
61.32 yrs
LITERACY RATE
39.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
54%

Day 29

DECEMBER | 2022

Jordan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Jordan is running out of water with a grim glimpse of the future as it is one of the driest countries in the world. Jordanians have long been accustomed to a household water supply of only about 36 hours a week. But recently, even that meager flow has been curtailed by the debilitating combination of a warming planet and swelling demand. Population growth, diminished water supplies and climate change have all taken their toll. Jordan’s geography and topography have only made things worse. Rainfall has decreased precipitously in recent decades, and warmer temperatures mean that what rain does come evaporates rapidly. Pray for Jordanians desperately in need of water for drinking, cleaning, washing clothes and cooking. Pray that living waters will flow into their lives and refresh them with new life in Jesus Christ (The Bible, Psalm 68:9).

Source:

https://indianexpress.com/article/world/jordan-is-running-out-of-water-a-grim-glimpse-of-the-future-8260609/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Jordan is listed in the 39th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. Despite dropping one place, hostility toward Christians has marginally increased. Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein has been King of Jordan.  Bisher Al-Khasawneh is the incumbent Prime Minister since 12 October 2020. There are about 8 million people living in Jordan. In a time when the prices for food and petrol increase constantly, salaries remain at the same level, presenting a challenge. Poverty is on the rise. Jordan’s major population is Muslim; there is a small percentage of Christians. However, Jordanian Christians often live in isolation from Muslims. The Kingdom of Jordan and its people face many challenges with an influx of refugees from four regional wars and a lack of water and other resources, Millions of refugees from different conflicts currently live in Jordan.

CHIEF OF STATE
King Abdullah II
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Abdullah Ensour
POPULATION
8,118,000
CHRISTIANS
2.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.3%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
39
REFUGEES
672,930
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.90 yrs
LITERACY RATE
93.4%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
14.2%

Day 29

DECEMBER | 2022

Maldives

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Authorities discovered more than 600 grams of the drug methorphan sent into the country by courier from Bahrain. Drugs smuggling into the Maldives through the postal system has increased in recent years. The health minister said that meth is widely available in Maldives. Pray for ongoing vigilance by the authorities towards drug smuggling. Pray that people with addictions will find help. Praise God that as we celebrate Christmas, we remember that Jesus came to bring freedom from addictions, and healing to troubled lives (The Bible, Matthew 11:28-29).

Source: New type of drug smuggled into Maldives (The Edition)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The Maldives is Asia’s smallest country by area and population known for its lucrative tourism industry. It is an extremely closed country, claiming to be 100 percent Muslim, and heavily repressing any Christian influence. Only a handful of secret Believers live in the Maldives. Dozens of Maldivians joined IS in the last decade; the island nation is believed to be “fertile ground for recruitment” to radical Islam. Surprising results in general elections a few years ago saw the opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeating the former president, Abdulla Yameen who was charged and jailed on corruption charges. The new government began reforms but has struggled to see any real effective change take place. COVID-19 had a significant impact on the tourism industry in 2020 and 2021 but has shown good signs of recovery in 2022.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
HEAD OF GOV.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
POPULATION
393,000
CHRISTIANS
0%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
15
REFUGEES
45
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.37 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
16%

Day 29

DECEMBER | 2022

Nigeria

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The Nigerian government revealed in late October that at least 612 people have died and more than 3.2 million people have been affected as a result of flooding across the country since the beginning of the rainy season this year. The WHO has announced that it has donated emergency medical supplies in response to flood disasters during this rainy season that have affected more than 600,000 people in the state. More than 30 states in Nigeria were affected in floods, many houses and health facilities have been submerged, wreaking havoc on people’s psychological and mental health. The flood increases the risk of infectious disease outbreaks such as cholera, malaria and typhoid fever. Pray for the global health organization providing medical services. Pray that Nigerians in deep trouble cry out to God for salvation (The Bible, Isaiah 43:2).

Source:

https://in.investing.com/news/who-donates-medical-supplies-to-nigeria-over-severe-flooding-3415420

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Nigeria has gone up two spots and is listed in 7th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors for an increase in Christian persecution. This is Nigeria’s highest-ever ranking on the World Watch List. Muhammadu Buhari is the president of Nigeria. It is Africa’s most populous country. The diversity is represented in 544 people groups. Mangroves and tropical forests are in the south, and savanna and grasslands are found in the north. Wetlands along the coast parallel this diversity. Striking differences also exist between the majority Muslim and feudal north and the largely Christian and more developed south. Deep ethnic and religious divisions threaten the nation as a whole. Constant tensions exist between tribal rivalries – particularly in the northern and central states where Muslims and Christians coexist. Years of devastating violence by Boko Haram have left roughly 20,000 dead and displaced millions.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Muhammadu Buhari
HEAD OF GOV.
President Muhammadu Buhari
POPULATION
181 million
CHRISTIANS
50.4%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
19.8%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Christianity
PERSECUTION RANKING
7
REFUGEES
1,190,113
LIFE EXPECTANCY
52 yrs
LITERACY RATE
61.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
70%
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