Day 8

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Burkina Faso

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

For several months, the Burkinabe army has been conducting multiple air operations against armed jihadist groups. They targeted terrorist groups responsible for several cases of abuse in several localities in Burkina Faso. During these operations, which enabled the neutralization of several dozen terrorists, the strikes unfortunately caused collateral victims among the civilian population. The Burkinabe army acknowledged the hapless victims of the disaster. Local residents said that around thirty civilians, mostly women were killed in the army strikes. An investigation had been opened by the military prosecutor. Pray for the families and friends of the victims and an end to the violence of armed jihadist movements affiliated to Al-Qaeda and the Islamic state (The Bible, Psalm 72:14).

Source:

https://www.africanews.com/2022/08/03/burkina-faso-army-admits-to-killing-civilians-in-air-raid/

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

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Iran

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

In recent months, arrests, detentions, interrogations, arrests, and trials of Christians in Iran have all been related to Christians involved in Iran’s house church movement. Iran recognizes Christianity as a minority religion and people from traditional Christian backgrounds, such as Armenians and Assyrian Christians, are allowed to meet in church buildings. But people who convert from Islam to Christianity are not permitted to attend these churches, instead establishing a house church movement. Pray for a new beginning for Iranian house churches, that the Lord will pour out His strength and perseverance in the face of continual persecution (The Bible, James 1:12).

Source: Iran Cracks Down on House Churches (ICC)

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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