Burkina Faso has descended into chaos. Several weeks after the second military coup took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the people continue to be skeptical about the country’s future, particularly with respect to Christians greatly at risk. The jihadists are spreading terror. Many people are fleeing, leaving their fields and harvests behind unprotected, leaving more and more territory to be taken by the militants. According to official statistics, by the end of June 40 percent of the country was in the hands of the terrorists. The attacks are increasingly being directed against Christians. In some cases, they not only burn down the church building, but also destroy the crosses as a demonstration of their intention to wipe out the Christian faith. Pray for the 1.7 million internally displaced persons. Pray that the dramatic rise in terrorism will be stopped and the mighty hand of God will thrash the enemy (The Bible, Psalm 143:12).
For the first time, an Iranian court has given a death sentence to a protestor accused of setting fire to a government building. For more than two months a citizen protest movement has swept Iran. Despite cracking down violently and shutting down the internet to attempt to stop communication about protests, the movement remains. For such a time as this, Jesus was born into our broken world, bringing with Him light into the darkness, victory over death itself. Pray that many Iranians will find Jesus this Christmas season. Pray for restraint and genuine change to sweep into Iran’s government and authorities (The Bible, John 1:5).