Day 7

Niger, West Africa
Population: 20,672,987
Chief of State: President Mahamadou Issoufou
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Brigi Rafini
Christians: 0.5%
Evangelical Christians: 0.1%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking:Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 55 Years
Literacy Rate: 28.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 63%
Refugees Living in Niger: 147,936

Pray for Niger facebook page
Niger is consistently rated by the UN as one of the world’s poorest, least educated and least developed nations. Slavery, illiteracy, disease and child marriage remain stubborn problems. The encroaching Sahara Desert threatens agriculture, and the country struggles to feed its people. With religious freedom, the country remains open to the gospel. However, tensions between Christians and Muslims have grown, as regional religious tensions have mounted over Islamic extremism. In the last year, Niger has suffered an increase in violent attacks from Boko Haram, an Islamist insurgency group based in Nigeria. As a result, Niger became one of five nations in the region to join forces fighting terrorism.

Praise Report
Praise God for reports of Boko Haram militants in Niger surrendering and being disarmed, taking up an amnesty offer (The Bible, Philippians 1:6).

Prayer Requests
This year Niger again failed to meet the US’ minimum standards for fighting human trafficking. Pray that dignity and respect for human beings is not lost in amongst the struggles of this nation (The Bible, Genesis 1:27).
Pray that God will bless this nation with creative solutions regarding food provision for its people (The Bible, Psalm 81:10).

Call to Salvation
Ask God to strengthen the Church in this nation to be a shining light in the midst of the struggle with poverty and radical Islam (The Bible, Acts 13:47).

Sources: WIN

Rebel group in the north surrender (AfricaNews)

Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia
Population: 6,389,500
Chief of State: President Sooronbay Jeenbekov
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Muhammetkaliy Abulgaziyev
Christians: 6.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.4%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 71.21 Years
Literacy Rate: 98.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 33.7%
Refugees Living in Kyrgyzstan: 12,824

Pray4Kyrgyzstan Facebook Page
Kyrgyzstan remains the second poorest country in post-Soviet Central Asia. Unemployment, corruption, inflation, and religious and human-rights violations still plague people’s lives, as it did before the Tulip Revolution. In 2010 a parliamentary constitution with elaborate checks and balances was adopted, making Kyrgyzstan the only Central Asian country in which the president is limited to a single term. Most Kyrgyz are nominal Muslims. Christian Believers were caught in the crossfire of a 2009 law restricting religious activity. The law was meant to prevent the establishment of an Islamic Caliphate; however, suspicions exist that the law was also meant to prevent Muslims from converting to Christianity.

Praise Report
Praise God for a few Christians who have a vision to take the Gospel into the hard to reach mountainous regions (The Bible, Isaiah 12:4).

Prayer Requests
Bride kidnapping continues to be a problem, causing human rights organizations to protest, asking the government to strengthen the legal rights of women and children. Pray that this might take place (The Bible, Isaiah 1:17).
Pray for a strengthening of faith, and peace that passes understanding for the Christian community (The Bible, Psalm 29:11).

Call to Salvation
There are ten people groups in Kyrgyzstan who have no known Christian workers trying to reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pray that God will send out workers into these harvest fields (The Bible, John 3:17).

Sources: WIN

Pressure Builds to Protect Women and Girls (HRW)