Day 10

Benin, West Africa
Population: 10,449,000
Chief of State: President Thomas Yayi Boni
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou
Christians: 31.7%
Evangelical Christians: 7.2%
Dominant Religion: Christianity
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 61.47 Years
Literacy Rate: 42.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 37.4%
Refugees Living in Benin: 483

Pray4Benin Facebook Page

Post election violence at the end of April which led to at least four deaths, resulted in many of the opposition supporters being held under house arrest for almost six weeks. Supporters then organized protests that turned violent. Around thirty security forces were seriously injured, and then the police opened fire on the protestors. Pray that peace will return. Pray that the president and his government will make more space for the opposition parties to have a voice (The Bible, Proverbs 18:13).

30 police officers injured in Benin protests (Africa News)

Indonesia, South Asia
Population: 255,994,000
Chief of State: President Joko Widodo
Head of Gov.: President Joko Widodo
Christians: 12.9%
Evangelical Christians: 2.8%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 30th
Life Expectancy: 72.45 Years
Literacy Rate: 92.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: 11.7%
Refugees Living in Indonesia: 11,186

Pray4Indonesia Facebook Page

While Indonesia is officially secular, the most recent elections showed the increasing role that religion plays in politics. There were more politicians and parties running on Islamic lines, calling for a greater role of Islam and Islamic law in the nation. President Widodo, who was accused of being anti-Islam, is putting together a committee to vet public servants and identify those who support radical Islam. He believes that radical Islam is a threat to the nation’s democratic future.

Pray that God will give President Widodo wisdom during this current term in office.
Pray for his salvation (The Bible, Proverbs 2:2).

After bruising election, Indonesia to vet public servants to identify Islamists (Reuters)