Day 8

JUNE | 2022

Burkina Faso

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

An ambush by armed men in northern Burkina Faso has killed at least 12 people, including 10 army auxiliaries and two civilians. They ransacked offices and set vehicles ablaze before making their escape. At the same time, armed men have freed around 60 prisoners from a jail in Nouna town. In another incident, a food convoy escorted by volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland was the target of an ambush on the Dori-Gorgadji road. These men entered the town of Nouna around midnight aboard 4x4s and motorbikes, brandishing Kalashnikovs and heavy machine guns for the offense. Pray that the continuous killings and the deadly atrocities of the terrorists will be thwarted. Pray for God to stretch out His mighty hand and save His people and allow them to have a new lease on life (The Bible, Isaiah 14:27).

Source:

https://www.trtworld.com/africa/deadly-ambush-daring-jailbreak-jolt-burkina-faso-56969

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Burkina Faso is listed in 32nd position in the World Watch report 2021 by Open Doors for Christian persecution. The re-elected president is Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in Burkina Faso and the current Prime Minister of Burkina Faso is Paul Kaba Thieba. 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. The country continues to struggle economically as well as with corruption. Disease, malnutrition, and low education levels are major issues. Freedom does exist in religion.

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
32
REFUGEES
32,097
LIFE EXPECTANCY
55.86 yrs
LITERACY RATE
28.7%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
46.7%

Day 8

JUNE | 2022

Iran

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

Article 21, a group advocating for religious rights in Iran, recently published its annual report which is produced together with other religious advocacy groups. The report says in the last year converts to Christianity were involved in 120 cases of arrest, detention, or imprisonment. The report also noted the increasing involvement of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in the arrests or raids on Christian homes. Iranian Christians experience in a very tangible way what it means to be crucified with Christ; that they no longer live, but Christ lives in them. Pray that this will bring strength and comfort (The Bible, Galatians 2:20).

Source: No Place For Converts: Iran’s Persecuted Christians Struggle To Keep The Faith (Radio Free Europe)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Formerly known as Persia, Iran retains its identity as one of the greatest empires of the ancient world. They have maintained their language, culture, and Shia interpretation of Islam. In recent years there has been an increasing internal divide between hard-line and moderate Muslims. 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.

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
8
REFUGEES
982,085
LIFE EXPECTANCY
71.15 yrs
LITERACY RATE
86.8%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
18.7%
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