Day 9

Mali, West Africa
Population: 16,956,000
Chief of State: President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Modibo Keita
Christians: 2.7%
Evangelical Christians: 0.6%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 24th
Life Expectancy: 55 Years
Literacy Rate: 27.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 36.1%
Refugees Living in Mali: 291,615

Pray for Mali - Facebook Page

West African nations have pledged US$1 billion towards combating Islamic militancy in the region. The funds will start being available from 2020 and be rolled out over the following five years. Affected nations have been calling for more funds to deal with the increasing crisis. However political issues must be resolved so that nations can come into agreement over strategies for dealing with the insecurity, and how and where to deploy joint forces.

Pray that dialogues to be held the remainder of this year will result in wise strategies (The Bible, Ephesians 5:15-17).

Analysis 16 Sept: The $1bn pledge for West African security (BBC)

Azerbaijan, Southwest Asia
Population: 9,781,000
Chief of State: President Ilham Aliyev
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Artur Rasizade
Christians: 2.7%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Shia Islam
Persecution Ranking: 50th
Life Expectancy: 72.2 Years
Literacy Rate: 99.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: 6%
Refugees Living in Azerbaijan: 628,170

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Emerging from the economic crisis of recent years, the government appears to have successfully brought stability to the economy. While the economic forecast is good, oil production is in a long term decline, which means the nation needs to look at other ways to boost its economy in the future.

Pray for creative ideas. In a nation with high unemployment, ask God to bless His followers with meaningful work so they can provide for themselves and have the resources needed to sustain church ministry (The Bible, Colossians 3:23).

Azerbaijan: Transformation task ahead (Trend)