Day 23

Chad, Central Africa
Population: 11,631,000
Chief of State: President Idriss Déby
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Kalzeubet Pahimi Deubet
Christians: 35.8%
Evangelical Christians: 11.0%
Dominant Religion: Sufi Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 49.44 Years
Literacy Rate: 35.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 80%
Refugees Living in Chad: 505,067

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With 80 percent of Chadians engaged in subsistence farming and with an uncooperative environment, it earns its reputation as "the Dead Heart of Africa." Though it is rich in gold, uranium and oil, it is one of the world’s poorest and most corrupt nations. Chad’s long-time former dictator Hissene Habre was found guilty of human rights abuses and sentenced to life in prison in 2016. President Idriss Deby has won every election since 1990, and in 2018, parliament approved a new constitution increasing presidential powers. The regime is faced with a growing public protest movement. Boko Haram, one of 25 rebel groups operating in the country, increased its attacks. Chad has spearheaded the formation of a five-nation military force to deal with rising terrorism in the region.

Praise Report
Though they are few, we praise God for the Christian workers who live in this harsh, dry land, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through their lives and ministries (The Bible, Psalm 96:3).

Prayer Requests
Pray that Christians will be encouraged in their faith in the Lord and grow deeper in the Word and prayer (The Bible, Colossians 2:6-7).
Radical Muslim groups in neighboring nations have been inflicting violence inside Chad’s borders. Pray for angelic protection over the borders of this nation (The Bible, Psalm 91:11-12).

Call to Salvation
There are thirty-six people groups in Chad that have no Christian witness reaching them with the Gospel. Ask God to send more laborers into this harvest field (The Bible, Psalm 96:1-3).

Sources: WIN

Unengaged people groups

Algeria, North Africa
Population: 39,542,000
Chief of State: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal
Christians: 1.5%
Evangelical Christians: 1.4%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking: 22nd
Life Expectancy: 75.41 Years
Literacy Rate: 91.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: 23%
Refugees Living in Algeria: 99,005

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Algeria is the largest country in Africa and the Arab world and the 10th largest in the world. The Arab and Berber populations live near the northern border with the Mediterranean. The rest of the population are settled throughout desert oases or are nomadic. Algeria had a violent 20th century. The Algerian war for independence from France resulted in an estimated 1.5 million deaths. Later, from 1992 through 2002, Algeria endured a civil war which cost somewhere between 44,000 and 150,000 lives. The civil war set the stage for the growth of various Islamists groups in the country, including al-Qaeda in the Maghreb. These groups continue to wage jihad to the present day. Partly a result of these conflicts, Algeria suffers from rampant poverty and unemployment. Although Algeria is presently 99 percent Muslim, the country has a well known Christian history. A spiritual awakening to Christ began in the 1980s and continues to this day mostly based in the northern Berber region of Kabylia. This movement to Christ in Kabylia is the largest movement of Muslims to Christ in the Middle East and North Africa in modern history. Algeria’s blasphemy laws make it difficult for Christians to share their faith out of fear that their conversation may be considered blasphemous and used against them.

Praise Report
Praise God that Christianity is expanding despite increasing opposition. Congregations with Arab, Berber, and foreign Believers are experiencing great unity and exhibit a vibrant national expression of faith (The Bible, Psalm 85:10).

Prayer Request
Pray that the constant political tension in Algeria will come to an end. Pray that there will be a smooth presidential transition without violence (The Bible, Isaiah 60:18).
Pray that the Saharawi people who live in refugee camps in the Southern parts of Algeria will receive immediate help and the Believers in Algeria will reach them with love in their suffering (The Bible, Matthew 4:24).

Call to Salvation
Pray that God will continue to move mightily in Algeria, drawing many to Himself through the witness of bold believers and effective communication of the Gospel to Muslim neighbors (The Bible, Mark 13:10).

Source: WIN