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).
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).