Day 1

India, South Asia
Population: 1,251,696,000
Chief of State: President Ram Nath Kovind
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Christians: 2.2%
Evangelical Christians: Unknown
Dominant Religion: Hinduism
Persecution Ranking: 11th
Life Expectancy: 68.13 Years
Literacy Rate: 74.04%
Population Below Poverty Line: 29.8%
Refugees Living in India: 205,012

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Beginning on 15 January and continuing for eight weeks is the world’s largest festival, called Kumbh Mela, held in Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. Between 100-150 million people are expected to take part and bathe at the place where the Ganges, Yamuna, and a mythical third river, the Saraswati meet. Devout Hindus believe that bathing in the waters of the Ganges absolves them of sins and bathing during this festival brings salvation from the cycle of life and death. Pray that many people will have their eyes and hearts opened to the free gift of salvation that Jesus Christ offers through faith in Him (The Bible, John 3:16).

Sacred and political: World's largest religious festival to kick off in India (The Economic Times)

Mauritania, North Africa
Population: 4,081,000
Chief of State: President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Yahya Ould Hademine
Christians: 0.3%
Evangelical Christians: 0.1%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking: 47th
Life Expectancy: 62.7 Years
Literacy Rate: 58.6%
Population Below Poverty Line: 40%
Refugees Living in Mauritania: 76,048

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Ouad Initi is internationally-backed effort to win over hearts and minds and stop the spread of jihadism with the use of Camels. Now they are at the heart of a push to win over grassroots support in Mauritania with authorities ramping up both security operations and infrastructure development to stop the spread of extremism. The European Union has earmarked $14.7 million of aid to boost Mauritania's development and security at the same time. This type of joint civilian-military action is pioneering for the EU. Pray that the camel-back mission will be successful and fight jihadism. Pray that this mission will win the hearts and minds of the new generation of children against terrorism (The Bible, Esther 8:14).

Mauritania’s camel-back mission to win hearts and minds