Day 29

MAY | 2022

Senegal

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Thousands of Families and children have been on the run for many decades to escape violence and death in Senegal. They wandered in the fields, and forests in very hot conditions. Despite a number of ceasefires over the past 40 years, the Senegalese army continues to clash with separatist rebels of the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance. People separated physically, culturally, and linguistically from the rest of Senegal, have historically suffered from a lack of attention from the capital. Pray for the Sovereign Lord, who has made the heavens and the earth by His great power and outstretched arm to direct the leaders to deal with the persisting problems and perils.

Pray for the young Senegalese to get proper employment, and take charge of their future.

Pray for them to become stronger in faith in God who can fulfill the promises to them (The Bible, Luke 1:45).

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/mar/29/we-took-our-children-and-ran-thousands-displaced-as-senegals-40-year-war-crosses-border

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Macky Sall a Senegalese geologist and politician is the president and 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 a concern 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

MAY | 2022

Jordan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The country of Jordan is facing severe water scarcity because of climate change. It is rated as the second most water-scarce country in the world. Jordan is largely a desert land and the population increased rapidly following the Syrian civil war. There is also the influx of refugees to the country. The rainfall is inconsistent in the country which leads to temperatures soaring. The current news that is heating up in the kingdom is that Jordan’s Prince Hamzah bin Hussein renounces the title of prince. He accused the country’s leaders of corruption, incompetence, and harassment and was put under house arrest for a year. Pray that God releases His glorious power over the country of Jordan and grants seasonal rain to the parched land to alleviate the sufferings of the vulnerable mass. Pray for the Christian Believers to be reminded that God is always powerfully at work on their behalf. Pray for them to see His power and strength and bring peace to their lives (The Bible, Exodus 14:14).

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2022/3/31/creative-solutions-needed-to-fight-jordans-water-scarcity

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-60976314

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Jordan is listed in 38th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. 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. The original inhabitants of Jordan are the nomadic Bedouin people and many of their traditions still shape the culture, such as in the provision of hospitality.  The prices for food and petrol increase constantly with salaries remaining at the same level. This is a particular 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.

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
38
REFUGEES
672,930
LIFE EXPECTANCY
73.90 yrs
LITERACY RATE
93.4%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
14.2%

Day 29

MAY | 2022

Maldives

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

A Human Rights Watch report released last month says that the government in the Maldives has made progress in media freedoms but has not sufficiently addressed broader issues. These include addressing the threat that religious extremist groups make against people with differing values or religions, and the ways that the justice system remains vulnerable to the influence of powerful interest groups. Pray that the government will continue to take steps towards greater freedoms. Declare that nothing is impossible for our God who raised Jesus from the dead by His power (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 6:14).

Source: Reforms Fall Short in Curbing Threats to Free Speech (HRW)

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. With dozens of Maldivians joining IS in recent years, 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 faces corruption charges. The new government has begun reforms but has struggled to see any real effective change take place. COVID-19 had a significant impact on the tourism industry in the first half of 2020 and attempts to recover in 2021 were hampered by the severe outbreaks in India.

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

MAY | 2022

Nigeria

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Horrific crime events and heart-breaking accidents are continuously occurring in Nigeria. Gunmen on motorbikes shot sporadically into homes and businesses during the rampage in central Plateau state. Hundreds of villagers were shot dead. Houses and shops were burned. Thousands of people have fled their homes fearing violence.

26 people have died in a wooden boat mishap on the Shagari River near the Gidan-Magana village of the Shagari local government area of the state. Pray for people to escape death traps and for the murderous gangs to be wiped out of the state. Pray for those who have lost their loved ones and belongings in a moment. Pray for God’s extreme power to control this country and its leaders. Pray for the sufferers to know that God is their shelter and a refuge in their terrible trials (The Bible, Psalm 9:9-10).

Sources:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/4/13/death-toll-hits-154-following-attack-in-northern-nigeria

https://www.mid-day.com/news/world-news/article/at-least-26-dead-in-nigeria-wooden-boat-mishap-23222827

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Nigeria is listed in 9th position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. 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, 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 north and central states where Muslims and Christians coexist. Years of devastating violence by Boko Haram has 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
9
REFUGEES
1,190,113
LIFE EXPECTANCY
52 yrs
LITERACY RATE
61.3%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
70%
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