Day 29

Nigeria, West Africa
Population: 181,562,000
Chief of State: President Muhammadu Buhari
Head of Gov.: President Muhammadu Buhari
Christians: 50.4%
Evangelical Christians: 19.8%
Dominant Religion: Christianity
Persecution Ranking: 12th
Life Expectancy: 52 Years
Literacy Rate: 61.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: 70%
Refugees Living in Nigeria: 1,190,113

Pray for Nigeria - facebook page

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation, largest economy and oil producer, but it struggles with astounding levels of corruption which has resulted in poor development and infrastructure. The divides between radical Islam in the north and Christianity in the south have been further muddied by the increasing violence of the nomadic Muslim Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in the central part of the nation. Jihadist group Boko Haram’s ten-year insurgency to impose sharia law on the country has resulted in more than two million people displaced and 30,000 dead. Christians have spoken of the spirit of death that hangs over this nation. Nigeria also hosts some of the world’s largest churches in the nation’s southern cities.

Praise Report
Praise God for a new prayer movement called Pray for Nigeria. Ask God to stir the Church in Nigeria and internationally to intercede with power and passion for change to come in this nation (The Bible, Ezekiel 22:30-31).

Prayer Requests
A spirit of death and violence grips this nation. Boko Haram Islamic insurgency group continues to wreak violence in the north. The Fulani tribes inflict violence in the central region. Pray that God would uproot this spirit of violence, and bring His Kingdom (The Bible, Psalm 11:5).
Pray for Christians in Nigeria to discern how God is calling them to respond to the needs of their nation (The Bible, Acts 20:35).

Call to Salvation
Pray for breakthroughs in evangelism efforts among the Fulani and Hausa people groups (The Bible, 2 Chronicles 7:15).

Sources: WIN
Maldives, South Asia
Population: 393,000
Chief of State: President Abdulla Yameen
Head of Gov.: President Abdulla Yameen
Christians: 0.0%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 14th
Life Expectancy: 75.37 Years
Literacy Rate: 99%
Population Below Poverty Line: 16%
Refugees Living in Maldives: 45

Pray for Maldives - facebook page

The Maldives is Asia's smallest country by area and population known for its lucrative tourism industry. Despite tourism, it is an extremely closed country, boasting 100 percent Islam, and heavily repressing Christian influence. Only a handful of secret Believers live in the Maldives, believed “fertile ground for recruitment” to radical Islam. Dozens of Maldivians left have joined IS. In the last year, the Maldives elections brought surprising results with the opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, defeating the former president, Abdulla Yameen who now faces corruption charges. The new government has begun reforms.

Praise Report
Give praise for the shake-up in the government. Pray that this may shake up the nation’s repressive laws and human rights abuses (The Bible, Deuteronomy 32:3).

Prayer Requests
Conversion to Christianity results in a loss of citizenship. Churches and Christian gatherings do not exist. The few Maldivian Christian Believers live in fear of being discovered. Pray for religious freedom in Maldives. (The Bible, Isaiah 43:1).
Pray that the new government will be moved to pursue genuine change and usher in an era of greater openness (The Bible, Mark 1:3).

Call to Salvation
Pray that despite the closed nature of the country, that Maldivians will have opportunities to hear the Gospel (The Bible, Luke 7:22).

Sources: WIN
Jordan, Middle East
Population: 8,118,000
Chief of State: King Abdullah II
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour
Christians: 2.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.3%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 31st
Life Expectancy: 73.90 Years
Literacy Rate: 93.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 14.2%
Refugees Living in Jordan: 672,930

Pray for Jordan - facebook page

As a land once marked with the footsteps of such men as Abraham, Job, Moses, and Jesus Christ, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is rich with Biblical history. As a result, Christians consider areas of Jordan to be holy, although only two percent of the population identify themselves as followers of Christ. Muslims and Jews also believe in Jordan’s divine landscape, making the nation a crossroads of Holy Lands. Without the prevalence of oil found in most other Middle Eastern countries, the nation relies on tourism and foreign aid in order to offset a high budget deficit, and Jordan’s economy is the smallest in the Middle East. It is categorized as a restricted nation, where Christians are persecuted or oppressed as a result of government policy. A staggering 14 of the 21 people groups in Jordan have not heard the Gospel. While Islam serves as the official religion, the constitution allows for religious freedom as long as Islamic law and public morality are not violated. Though legally protected, many new followers of Christ are pressured by the Muslim society and emigrate. This results in fewer people remaining to bear witness to the transforming power of the Gospel.

Praise Report
Praise God for the Churches within Jordan maintaining good relations with each other though monitored and pressured by the Government (The Bible, 1 John 1:7).

Prayer Request
Pray that the international community will support Jordan in integrating religious freedom into security policies aimed at countering religiously motivated radicalism and terrorism (The Bible, Ezra 10:4).
Pray for King Abdullah and his family to have wisdom and protection at this time of upheaval in the Middle East (The Bible, Psalm 5:11).

Call to Salvation
Pray for the Media ministry’s effectiveness in Jordan, specifically Christian satellite TV and radio broadcasts. Pray that the unreached will hear the Good News and be equipped to effectively minister to those around them (The Bible, Ephesians 4:12).

Source: WIN
Senegal, West Africa
Population: 13,976,000
Chief of State: President Macky Sall
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Mohamed Dionne
Christians: 5.5%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 61.32 Years
Literacy Rate: 39.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: 54%
Refugees Living in Senegal: 17,188

Pray4Senegal Facebook Page

As a model of democratic success, Senegal has remained relatively peaceful and enjoyed economic stability, and freedom of press for years. Agriculture and tourism are the country’s main sources of revenue. Freedoms have tightened as the nation has concern about encroaching militant Islam in the region. Senegal is a Muslim-dominated multi-party democracy, but remains accepting of other religions. Christian Believers remain free to worship openly and rarely face persecution. Senegal hosts large refugee numbers. Many African illegal migrants use Senegal as a departure point for Europe.

Praise Report
Praise God for the peace and stability of this nation. Pray that God will protect its borders and keep radical Islam from finding any foothold (The Bible, 1 Samuel 30:23).

Prayer Requests
Pray that the Church in Senegal will make the most of the largely peaceful freedom of religion to take seriously the call of the Jesus to share the Gospel (The Bible, Mark 16:15).
Pray that the government will have wisdom to protect the freedoms experienced in this country (The Bible, Exodus 31:3).

Call to Salvation
Pray for salvations among some key influential leaders in the government, among various ethnic tribes, and among the youth (The Bible, Revelation 5:9).

Sources: WIN