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’s economy took a dive in August when Nigeria closed its borders to trade with Benin. Nigerian president says the action was taken to address his nation’s dependency on foreign goods. The flow on effects for Benin have been disastrous for some farmers who rely on trade with Nigeria. Their crops have rotted without sale.

Pray for alternatives to be found, so that farmers can still make money from their remaining crops.
Pray for solutions to be developed that bring about a more healthy economy in Benin (The Bible, Psalm 132:15).

Benin-Nigeria boarder closure causing economic crisis (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

President Joko Widodo appears to be reconsidering his earlier plan to pull back a bill already approved by the parliament. The bill limits the authority of the respected Corruption Eradication Commission. Government corruption is seen by many people to be a serious problem. The Commission was one of the few bodies able to do something to address it. Members of parliament fearful of being investigated by the Commission sought to limit its powers. Prior to election, Mr. Widodo said he would work to repeal this bill. However, it appears he may be changing his mind.

Pray that he will stand up for anti-corruption measures (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 8:21).

Thousands in Indonesia Protest Bills to Limit Rights and Ban Extramarital Sex (New York Times)