Day 2

Sudan, North Africa

Population: 41,592,539
Sovereignty Council: Abdel Fattah al-Burhan
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok
Federal parliamentary republic under a provisional government
Christians: 5%
Evangelical Christians: 0.4%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking: 6th
Life Expectancy: 59.8 Years
Literacy Rate: 71.9%
Population Below Poverty Line: 46.5%
Refugees Living in Sudan: 2,498,776

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, a dictator known for brutal policies against Christians has been forced to step down in Sudan after 30 years in power. The Sudanese military will take over rule of the country for at least two years, according to the New York Times. He was president during a civil war caused by an effort to establish Sharia law throughout Sudan; his government also imposed laws that allowed stoning and amputations as punishments. Bashir’s military is also responsible for bombing civilians in the Nuba Mountains, where a significant Christian minority lives. Christians there are often subject to brutal treatment from the surrounding culture and from authorities; conversion from Islam to Christianity is punishable by death. Church buildings are regularly attacked and burned. The Christian community in Sudan is waiting and watching the uncertain future along with the rest of the world.

Praise Report
Praise God that the anti-Christian dictator in Sudan was ousted and God will work in the hearts of Sudanese government leaders convicting them to seek justice and peace through the power of the Holy Spirit (The Bible, Proverbs 21:15).

Prayer Requests
Pray the next leaders of Sudan will commit to allowing Christians and other religious minorities the ability to live out their faith freely (The Bible, Romans 13:3).

Pray that the young people of Sudan will become aware of the high levels of corruption and seek to stand for right ethics (The Bible, Joshua 1:7).

Call to Salvation
Pray that the good work our Sudanese brothers and sisters doing will reach out to those who have not yet heard the gospel. Pray that their ministries will be long and fruitful (The Bible, Psalm 105:24).

Sources: WIN
South Sudan, North Africa

Population: 12,230,730
Chief of State: President Salva Kiir Mayardit
Head of Gov.: President Salva Kiir Mayardit
Christians: 58.1%
Evangelical Christians: 11.3%
Dominant Religion: Christianity
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 62.04 Years
Literacy Rate: 27%
Population Below Poverty Line: 50.6
Refugees Living in South Sudan: 2,093,729

South Sudan in northeastern Africa is the world’s newest country. It faces widespread poverty linked to its weak, underdeveloped industry and infrastructure, resulting from decades of civil war with Sudan. Almost 98% of budget revenues come from oil, which is exported through two pipelines running through Sudan to the Red Sea. Lack of jobs and training opportunities, ingrained war culture, tribalism, vulnerability to HIV/AIDS, and high levels of illiteracy challenge the South Sudanese, especially women and children, who are often victims of violence, poverty, rape, slavery, and human trafficking. The South Sudanese church is growing rapidly in numbers due to religious freedom and a mass population movement from north to south. Due to the tribal animist environment, there is risk of new believers adopting syncretistic practices, blending animist beliefs with Christian truths.

Praise Report
Praise God for the doors are wide open to spread the Gospel in this region without government restriction and the Churches will make use of this opportunity to reach more with love (The Bible, Mark 13:10).

Prayer Requests
Pray that long-term peace and lasting stability will prevail in this fragile, new nation and the people will reject ethnic hatred, embrace the gospel, and demonstrate love and forgiveness.

Pray for those who have left Islam to follow Jesus that they will find a supportive church community (The Bible, John 21:16).

Call to Salvation
Pray that the Churches in South Sudan will remain united and model peace and reconciliation to attract many souls to the Lord (The Bible, Ephesians 4:12).

Source: WIN
Afghanistan, South Asia

Population: 32,225,560
Chief of State: President Ashraf Ghani
Head of Gov.: President Ashraf Ghani
Christians: 0.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking: 2nd
Life Expectancy: 60.93 Years
Literacy Rate: 31%
Population Below Poverty Line: 36%
Refugees Living in Afghanistan: 1,324,996

Afghanistan is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Islamic extremist group, the Taliban. Originally a group of radical Islamic scholars, the founders of the Taliban intended to bring political and economic stability to the nation after nearly two decades of conflict. However, its radical practices brought oppression and the country’s poverty worsened. This year has seen ongoing conflict between pro-government forces and armed insurgent groups resulting in a sharp increase in violence, deaths, and incidents of terror attacks. The government has worked valiantly to engage the Taliban in the political system with some potential progress contingent on the US’s withdrawal of its troops. Conversion to Christianity remains a crime.

Praise Report
Praise God that the Good News continues to be broadcast into Afghanistan by radio, satellite television, internet and mobile devices (The Bible, Acts 13:49).

Prayer Requests
Bless the president and government with daily-renewed commitment to seeking peace and stability in the face of seemingly never-ending unrest (The Bible, Job 25:2).

Pray for Christians, both national and expatriate, to experience God’s faithfulness. Pray that fear will diminish and courage grow (The Bible, Luke 12:11-12).

Call to Salvation
Jesus, we ask you to reveal yourself to many Afghanis today, softening their hearts, opening their eyes and lead them to salvation (The Bible, Exodus 33:19).

Sources: WIN