Day 7

DECEMBER | 2022

Kyrgyzstan

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Valerij Dil, an advisor to Kyrgyz President Sadir Japarov, said that the decision to approve the building of the nation’s first Catholic cathedral is a sign of Kyrgyzstan’s commitment to democratic values and freedom of religion. Pray that this may be the start of recognizing many churches in Kyrgyzstan. This Christmas season, pray that Christians in Kyrgyzstan will find deep joy and encouragement. Pray that their faith will be strengthened, and that many will have opportunities to share their faith with others this month (The Bible, Romans 14:17).

Source: Official welcomes Kyrgyzstan’s first Catholic cathedral (UCA News)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Kyrgyzstan remains one of the poorest countries in post-Soviet Central Asia. Unemployment, corruption, inflation, and religious and human-rights violations still plague people’s lives, as it did before the Tulip Revolution. In 2010 a parliamentary constitution with elaborate checks and balances was adopted, making Kyrgyzstan the only Central Asian country in which the president is limited to a single term. Most Kyrgyz are nominal Muslims, but a growing Islamic identity is concerning. A lack of growth in the Church has been observed. There is diversity even within Kyrgyz culture: city, youth, and village cultures, Russian and Kyrgyz speakers, let alone other people groups including Uzbeks, Tajiks, and Uyghurs who live in Kyrgyzstan. This poses a very real challenge for effective church planting.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Sooronbay Jeenbekov
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Muhammetkaliy Abulgaziyev
POPULATION
6,389,500
CHRISTIANS
6.1%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
12,824
LIFE EXPECTANCY
71.21 yrs
LITERACY RATE
98.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
33.7%

Day 7

DECEMBER | 2022

Niger

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

The official announcement of the end of the operation of the French anti-jihadist Barkhane force, part of which has redeployed to Niger was made in Niamey, the Niger capital. The departure of the French soldiers had already been demanded through demonstrations and accompanied by an ultimatum from the M62. But the NGO Tournons la page believes that this is only a change of strategy on the part of the French authorities. For the moment, the French president’s announcement of the end of Barkhane and the reduction of the French military presence in Africa has not led to any official reaction from the Nigerien authorities or the political parties of the ruling majority. Pray for a secured environment and for the government to establish it. Pray for Niger to thwart the enemies’ plots and yield to God for safety (The Bible, Psalm 91:1).

Source:

https://www.africanews.com/2022/11/10/niger-opposition-civil-society-groups-welcome-end-of-french-barkhane-operation/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Niger is in 33rd position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors as Christian persecution is increasing. Mohamed Bazoum is the President since 2 April 2021 and the current Prime Minister of Niger is Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, since 3 April 2021. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world where the agricultural economy is frequently destroyed by drought, making it insufficient to support the growing population.  Unfortunately, slavery is still practiced in isolated areas of the country.  Nigerian children are trafficked for labor in gold mines, sexual exploitation, and begging.  Women are abducted and sold into domestic servitude or prostitution, and young boys are kidnapped for work in stone quarries. Less than one percent of the population claims the Christian faith.  Ninety-seven percent of the nation is Muslim, with 76% of the people listed as unreached ethnic groups. An increased threat of violence from militant groups like Boko Haram against Christians persists.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Mahamadou Issoufou
HEAD OF GOV.
PM Brigi Rafini
POPULATION
20,672,987
CHRISTIANS
0.5%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
147,936
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55 yrs
LITERACY RATE
28.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
63%
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