Day 22

Ethiopia, East Africa
Population: 99,466,000
Chief of State: President Mulatu Teshome
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Christians: 60.1%
Evangelical Christians: 17.4%
Dominant Religion: Christianity
Persecution Ranking: 28th
Life Expectancy: 57.64 Years
Literacy Rate: 39%
Population Below Poverty Line: 39%
Refugees Living in Ethiopia: 665,240

Pray for Ethiopia - facebook page

An attempted coup in late June resulted in dozens of deaths and 250 arrests. The coup was led by Brigadier General Asamnew Tsige, killed during the event, who was fighting for the cause of the Amhara people. Since Prime Minister Ahmed came to power, his reforms have lifted bans on political parties, released political prisoners and seen exiled rebel groups return. Each group, who often represents different ethnic groups within the nation, in turn are now demanding more power and resources for their own groups.

Pray that the government will have great wisdom and discernment to know how to bring this nation into order, equality and stability (The Bible, Romans 2:11).

Ethiopia airs voice of alleged coup leader killed in crackdown (Reuters)

Myanmar (Burma), Southeast Asia
Population: 56,320,000
Chief of State: President Thein Sein
Head of Gov.: President Thein Sein
Christians: 8.8%
Evangelical Christians: 5.1%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 18th
Life Expectancy: 66.29 Years
Literacy Rate: 92.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 32.7%
Refugees Living in Myanmar: 1,186,501

Pray for Myanmar - facebook page

Thai police rescued twenty Myanmar citizens on their way to Malaysia, including women, 5 children and a toddler, believed to be victims of human trafficking. The sounds of crying babies and children alerted the neighborhood, resulting in police reports being made. When the police intervened, the group had been held in a shop front for five days without food or water.

Pray that many more like them will be rescued.
Pray for Christian ministries working in trafficking prevention and trauma recovery to be effective in bringing the love of Jesus and His power to heal (The Bible, Matthew 10:1).

Toddler, five children among 20 Malaysia-bound Myanmar human-trafficking victims rescued in Thailand (Star Online)