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 evangelical church in central Ethiopia was ordered to close and leave its premises by the Oromia Regional State Authorities. Discussions with the local government failed to change their minds. Its not just evangelical churches facing opposition. Orthodox churches have also reported problems. One church had land confiscated by local authorities who gave it to followers of the increasingly powerful Wakefeta African Traditional Religion. As the Church grows rapidly in this nation, opposition is to be expected.

Pray that God will demonstrate his power and authority (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 4:20).

Pressure on churches building; evangelical church told to vacate after ten years (WWM)

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

A new report from Amnesty International calls for the Myanmar government to be held responsible for war crimes. The report highlights the situation in the Rakhine state where government forces have ruthlessly persecuted Muslim Rohingya, ethnic Rakhine as well as Christians. Fighting in the predominantly Christian Kachin and Shan states also increases but does not receive international media attention. More than 100,000 Christians are internally displaced within Myanmar.

Pray that international pressure will increase highlighting the injustices experienced by Muslims as well as Christians (The Bible, Ephesians 3:20-21).

Christians among groups targeted by Myanmar armed forces (MNN)