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

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With tribal tensions -- Tuareg separatists and jihadist fighters from the marginalized Fulani -- Mali struggles to keep peace. Radical Islam also threatens stability. In June 2015, the Malian government and northern armed groups signed an internationally-mediated peace accord. The government has failed to make progress on this peace accord and tensions have remained. This year violence has escalated once more. Those in the central regions are also struggling with food insecurity. Although a secular state with religious freedom, Islamization severely hampers opportunities to reach Malians. The northern regions are home to at least three known Islamic terror groups and are nearly impossible for the government and security forces to police.

Praise Report
Praise God that in the relative peace of the southern regions it has allowed the Church to grow (The Bible, Romans 16:25).

Prayer Requests
Pray for the government to be blessed with supernatural wisdom. Pray for a new generation of godly leaders to be raised up (The Bible, Colossians 3:8-10).
Pray for Christian Malians to increase in their faith as they hold the keys to the spread of the Gospel in this hard-to-reach nation (The Bible, Colossians 4:2-6).

Call to Salvation
Pray that those involved in radical and terrorist groups will receive dreams about Jesus and repent and follow Him (The Bible, Matthew 1:20).

Sources: WIN
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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Azerbaijan has been riding the line for years between democracy and fiefdom. Its New Azerbaijan Party is accused of authoritarianism and bribery. It imprisons corruption-busting journalists and human rights advocates. Friction with neighboring Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh disputed territory is ongoing. Though both Azerbaijan and Armenia have acquired new weapons, fears for imminent war have not yet materialised. Oil export revenues have aided the Azeri population, elevating living standards and increasing military strength. Yet, poverty and corruption plague the nation. Although Azerbaijan fell off the 2017 World Watch List, that is not because restrictions have eased. Raids and detention of Christians continue.

Praise Report
Praise God for brave Christians who have been bold to share the Gospel, resulting both in many hearing the Good News for the first time, as well as court cases and fines directed at them (The Bible, 2 Timothy 4:5).

Prayer Requests
President Ilham Aliyev named his wife, Mehriban Aliyeva, the First Vice President and placing her first in the line of succession. Ask God to shake the ruling powers of this nation (The Bible, Proverbs 24:16).
There is growing dissatisfaction among the general population about the state of their nation, and the lack of freedoms they experience. Pray that God will attract the dissatisfied to study the Bible (The Bible, Psalm 91:16).

Call to Salvation
Pray for many children and young people to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. They are the future of this nation (The Bible, Joshua 22:27).

Sources: WIN