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

Though Mali continues to struggle with violence coming from extremist groups in the north, recently it has also experienced a wave of violent attacks between Fulani and Dogon ethnic groups resulting in hundreds of deaths. Thousands have fled their homes and come into camps in the capital city. The UN is investigating crimes against humanity, and the people are holding protest rallies demanding the president step down, as he has not been able to deliver on his promises for greater peace and stability.

Bless this nation to hunger for solutions that can only be found in Jesus.
May the Church grow this year as people become frustrated with the world around them (The Bible, Acts 28:28).

Mali protests: Mourners call on president to resign (Al Jazeera)

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

Pray for Azerbaijan - facebook page

At the contested border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, two soldiers were killed in sniper fire, one Azerbaijani and one Armenian. The two governments have renewed commitments to peace negotiations, which have resulted in only a handful of deaths this year.

Pray that these negotiations will continue steadily and with commitment to resolution.
Pray for the families that live in this border area to search for hope and peace that can be found through salvation in Jesus Christ (The Bible, Psalm 25:5).

Fatal frontline shootings heighten tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan (Eurasianet)