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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Formerly known as Persia, Iran retains its identity as one of the greatest empires of the ancient world. They have maintained their language, culture and Shia interpretation of Islam. In recent years there has been an increasing internal divide between hard-line and moderate Muslims. Internationally backed US sanctions have taken their toll on the economy resulting in protests on the street and greater dissatisfaction with the Islamic clerics. There is no clear successor to the current supreme leader. The evangelical church has continued to see incredible growth. House churches carry great influence and their growth has resulted in increased arrests and restrictions on Christians.

Praise Report
Praise God that this is the decade of God’s harvest among Iranians both within Iran and in the diaspora (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 3:6-9).

Prayer Requests
Pray for a transformation in the hearts of many religious, community and government leaders, that they may be filled with compassion towards Christians (The Bible, Isaiah 49:13).
Pray that the increased dissatisfaction in the nation will also be a reflection of ever-deepening dissatisfaction with the Islamic faith (The Bible, Psalm 107:9).

Call to Salvation
Ask the Holy Spirit to blow on this nation that even more will come to know Jesus Christ in the midst of uncertain times (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:20).

Sources: WIN

Is Iran Close to Collapse? (The National Interest)

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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Burkina Faso is Africa’s fourth largest gold producer. It has so much potential, but the country also has the world’s fourth lowest rating on the UN’s human development index. Burkina Faso continues to struggle economically as well as with corruption. Disease, malnutrition and low education levels are major issues. Freedom does exist in religion. However, as Burkinabe say, “The population is 50% Muslim, 20% Christian, and 100% animist.” Christianity continues to rise, increasing from 10,000 to nearly 3.4 million since 1960. Recent years has seen an increase in terror attacks by Islamist groups in Mali and Niger. In the last year, militants have taken control of increasing parts of the eastern region. Burkina Faso joined a five-nation armed force to fight terrorism in the region.

Praise Report
Praise God that the recent increase in terror attacks in this nation has driven many to seek comfort and direction in the Church, with many finding new faith (The Bible, Deuteronomy 20:4).

Prayer Requests
Bless the government with great wisdom to know how to combat the increasing control of Islamic militants in its border territories (The Bible, Joel 2:11).
Continue to pray for hostages, including missionary doctor, Ken Elliott, who was kidnapped over three years ago now, to be released (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 12:10).

Call to Salvation
Pray that a holy fear of God will sweep this nation, causing many to run to Jesus (The Bible, Isaiah 8:13).

Sources: WIN