Day 8

AUGUST | 2021

Burkina Faso

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Lord, strongly urge the Churches in Burkina Faso and the Christian Believers to campaign in prayer against the gruesome atrocities happening in the country. Empower them with the mighty Holy Spirit to wage a spiritual war against the demonic forces operating behind this bloody carnage. Deliver the children indoctrinated by the terrorists who threaten them and misuse them. Make the government take all the precautions to safeguard the citizens. Make the U.N. and UNICEF to strongly condemn the recruitment of children and adolescents by non-state armed groups as this is a grave violation of their fundamental rights of children. Command the government to take tougher measures to stop the growing bloodshed and to contain the worsening violence in the country. Make the persecuted declare: Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (The Bible, Micah 7:8).

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MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Burkina Faso is Africa’s fourth-largest gold producer. It has so much potential, but the country also has the world’s fourth-lowest rating on the UN’s human development index. Burkina Faso continues to struggle economically as well as with corruption. Disease, malnutrition and low education levels are major issues. Christianity continues to rise, increasing from 10,000 to nearly 3.4 million since 1960. Recent years have seen an unprecedented increase in terror attacks and militants have taken control of large parts of the eastern region.

CHIEF OF STATE
Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
HEAD OF GOV.
Paul Kaba Thieba
POPULATION
18,932,000
CHRISTIANS
20.2%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
9.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
Not Ranked
REFUGEES
32,097
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55.86 yrs
LITERACY RATE
28.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
46.7%

Day 8

AUGUST | 2021

Iran

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Record low voter turn-out for the recent presidential elections may indicate the lack of confidence the public felt that their vote would make any difference in the outcome. 3.5 million people also cast blank ballot sheets, part of a public boycott. Despite this, as expected, hardliner Ebrahim Raisi won the election and will take up office this month. We pray for this nation and its people and declare with holy faith that Jesus Christ is ruler over all. We pray especially for Christians in Iran today, that they may be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith (The Bible, 1 Peter 5:8-9).

Source: Iran’s Raisi Was Selected, Not Elected (Iran International)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Formerly known as Persia, Iran retains its identity as one of the greatest empires of the ancient world.  Internationally backed US sanctions have taken a huge toll on the economy resulting in protests on the street and greater dissatisfaction with the Islamic clerics. Protests were brutally squashed, only fueling the tensions. The COVID-19 virus has ravaged the nation, further exposing the government to criticism. The evangelical church has continued to see incredible growth. House churches carry great influence and their growth has resulted in ongoing arrests and restrictions on Christians.

CHIEF OF STATE
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
HEAD OF GOV.
President Hassan Rouhani
POPULATION
81,824,000
CHRISTIANS
0.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0.4%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Shia Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
9
REFUGEES
982,085
LIFE EXPECTANCY
71.15 yrs
LITERACY RATE
86.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18.7%
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