Day 8

Iran, Middle East
Population: 81,824,000
Chief of State: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
Head of Gov.: President Hassan Rouhani
Christians: 0.8%
Evangelical Christians: 0.4%
Dominant Religion: Shia Islam
Persecution Ranking: 9th
Life Expectancy: 71.15 Years
Literacy Rate: 86.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: 18.7%
Refugees Living in Iran: 982,085

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Those researching the revival that has been taking place in Iran in recent years say that the characteristics of church growth are unique, “The Iranian awakening is a rapidly reproducing discipleship movement that owns no property or buildings, has no central leadership, and is predominantly led by women.” As the emphasis has been on making disciples of Jesus, rather than on starting churches, the growth has been very fast. Iranian Christians believe their experience is not just relevant for Iran, but for the world.

Pray that the Church in Iran will continue to grow, and that the Church in the rest of the world will learn from them (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 1:27).

Fastest growing church has no buildings, no central leadership, and is mostly led by women (God Reports)

Burkina Faso, West Africa
Population: 18,932,000
Chief of State: Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
Head of Gov.: Paul Kaba Thieba
Christians: 20.2%
Evangelical Christians: 9.1%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 55.86 Years
Literacy Rate: 28.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 46.7%
Refugees Living in Burkina Faso: 32,097

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Increased violent attacks from Islamic militant groups, as well as rising violence along ethnic and religious divides, has resulted in mass internal displacement of over 270,000 people. When farmers flee, they are unable to plant the next season’s crops which will result in increased food scarcity in the future. Pray for heavenly wisdom for the government of Burkina Faso. The uncertainty in the nation is also resulting in increased church growth as people are responding to Jesus in the midst of their fear and crisis.

Pray for the Church to be effective in sharing the Gospel and discipling people deeply (The Bible, Hebrews 6:1-3).

Escalating crisis Burkina Faso (IRC)