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

Benin is best known for its peaceful democracy, one of the most stable in Africa. However, corruption remains a significant issue. The country, once hosting main ports crucial in the slave trade, still negotiates shady deals. Poverty increases each year. This year deadly protests broke out after opposition parties were banned from participating in elections. The nation’s annual Voodoo Day brings thousands of participants to the country’s celebration. Voodoo, a religion approved by the government, has more than 60% devotees and contributes to significant spiritual bondages over the nation, its people and the Church. The country allows for freedom to practice and propagate any religion.

Praise Report
Christian workers are reaching remote villages with the Gospel. Pray for these new converts to establish churches in their communities (The Bible, Acts 2:38-39).

Prayer Requests
Pray that humility and repentance will grip the government (The Bible, 2 Chronicles 34:27).
Because this nation has such strong connections with voodoo, it is difficult for people involved to leave it and follow Jesus. It is also difficult for Christians to grow in their faith without dealing with the spiritual bondages of voodoo. Ask God to minister deliverance and freedom (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 2:11).

Call to Salvation
Praise God that He is Light and no darkness is in Him. Ask God to draw many people into the Light of Christ (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:6).

Sources: WIN
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

Having Southeast Asia’s strongest economy, Indonesia is also one of the G20’s wealthiest. It also has the largest concentration of Muslims, yet Indonesia has an astonishingly high level of Christian presence. More than ten percent of the population are Christians, over 24 million people, with church growth continuing to increase. While Christianity is not illegal, provincial laws can override it and Islamic law is often used. Muslim extremists continue to spread anti-Christian messages in the public sector. This year saw the peaceful and uneventful re-election of President Widodo. Widodo plans to shift Indonesia from secularism to Islamization. Elevated levels of Christian persecution appear imminent.

Praise Report
Praise God for the massive prayer movement that is now well established. Millions of Christian Believers are praying for breakthroughs in their own nation (The Bible, Isaiah 60:1).

Prayer Requests
In the last year, Indonesia has been rocked by one natural disaster after the other. Pray that many will seek and find Jesus in the midst of their heartache (The Bible, Isaiah 54:10).
Pray for protection over Christians and churches in the midst of increasing religious violence and persecution (The Bible, Psalm 31:15).

Call to Salvation
Pray that areas where radical Islam is strong will be powerfully impacted by dreams and visions of Jesus (The Bible, Joel 2:28).

Sources: WIN