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

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With a staggering population of more than 102 million people, it is the fastest growing economy in the region, but also one of the poorest. The nation has struggled to hang on to stability since anti-government protests began at the start of 2016, with another state of emergency declared at the start of 2018. A landmark meeting between new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, and the Eritrean president led to the nations declaring an end to their decades-long state of war. Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent nation and the oldest Christian country in Africa. Two thirds of Ethiopians are Christian (mainly Orthodox), and one third is Muslim. Radical Islam is rising. Though Ethiopia grants religious freedom, pressure surrounds Christian Believers. The prime minister, a born again Christian, has been making peace in all directions, so perhaps this will bring a measure of freedom in the future.

Praise Report
Praise God for reports of the fast growing disciple making movement taking place in Ethiopia despite the persecution and physical violence experience at the hands of Muslim communities (The Bible, Psalm 31:15).

Prayer Requests
Continue to pray that peace between Eritrea and Ethiopia will be lasting, and bring stability to both nations and cause both to prosper (The Bible, 1 Kings 2:2-4).
Pray that the government will have supernatural wisdom to know how to deal with ethnic tensions that are increasing within the country (The Bible, 1 Samuel 16:7).

Call to Salvation
Pray that those who persecute Christians will have life changing encounters with the love and mercy of Jesus (The Bible, Acts 9:4).

Sources: WIN
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

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Myanmar is a new democracy. In 2015, the first openly contested elections were held since 1990, favoring its first non-military president since the military coup of 1962. An opposing party leader was made the essential equivalent of Prime Minister. Aung San Suu Kyi's democracy movement took power after 50 years of military domination. In recent years the world has watched the Rohingya Muslim minority refugee catastrophe unfold. More than 900,000 people have fled Myanmar into neighboring nations with more still coming. Increasingly the international community is using terms such as war crimes and crimes against humanity. In addition, internally displaced ethnic Christian minority groups have experienced increased military attacks. Religious violence has increased for all non-Buddhists.

Praise Report
Praise God for reports that there are hundreds of Rohingya refugees that have become followers of Jesus Christ. Pray for a hundred fold return in this harvest (The Bible, Acts 2:41).

Prayer Requests
The situation for Christian and ethnic minority groups has been bleak for so long with no change on the horizon. Call forth a transformation in the government’s attitude and policies (The Bible, Galatians 6:9).
Pray for the indigenous Christian workers who lead church ministry. May they be strengthened to continue the work of evangelism and discipleship (The Bible, Psalm 27:1).

Call to Salvation
Today we pray for a mighty conviction of sin and a desire to repent and follow Jesus to fall among the military forces in Myanmar (The Bible, 1 Kings 8:47).

Sources: WIN