In continuation of a tradition of robust multiparty competition in the country, Senegalese voters went to the polls in July 2022. It is one of a handful of African countries that have never experienced a military coup. For the first time in the country’s contemporary history, no single coalition won an outright majority in parliament. The election process itself was nothing out of the ordinary in Senegal. But the results of the election and their implications for democratic oversight are unprecedented. Pray for democratic statesmanship and political skill for ruling and opposition party leaders. Pray that the Senegalese who believe in the rule and reign of God to have the traditions broken and experience newness in life (The Bible, Romans 6:4).
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid visited Jordan and had a meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi at al-Husseiniya Palace in Amman. Israel has announced plans to advance the construction of a previously approved multimillion-dollar joint industrial park with Jordan along the two countries’ shared border. The decision for the project, dubbed the “Jordan Gateway”, came during an Israeli government cabinet meeting. It is considered as a good peace agreement with Jordan and Israel, and the project will be a breakthrough that will contribute greatly to developing and strengthening the region. The project is estimated to cost about 200 million Israeli shekels. Pray for people to benefit through the projects and to believe in Christ for new beginnings for a better future (The Bible, Job 8:7).
There are twelve nations in the world where apostasy, the conversion from one religion to another, is criminalized and the punishment is the death sentence. These nations are Maldives, Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and some northern states of Nigeria. As all of these nations are Muslim-majority nations, the apostasy laws can apply to people who convert from Islam to Christianity. Pray that the power of fear will be broken as it prevents people from putting their trust in Jesus Christ, when such a consequence hangs over their heads. Pray that a new beginning may happen in Maldives one day, when this law is repealed (The Bible, Lamentations 3:22-23).
Afenifere, a Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization knocked the Federal Government over poor handling of the nation’s security. It described the situation as equivalent to ceding the country to terrorists. President Buhari’s government has greatly lost the confidence, trust and hope invested in it at its inception. Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria also criticized the Federal Government and security agencies over growing incidents of kidnapping and killings of Catholic priests. National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko urged the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council to speak up and condemn the persecution of Catholics in the country. Pray that the government confronts the terrorists and puts an end to the needless losses and agonies of Nigerians (The Bible Psalm 6:2).