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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In 2012, radical Islamic militant groups in Mali took control of the northern part of the country. During this time, churches were burned down, and Christians fled. Although these armed groups have been forced out of most of the country, their influence is still significant. Some Christians have returned under police protection. However, they live with threats to their lives. Christian missionaries are mindful of the constant risk of abduction. Jihadists are still holding several Christian workers. Pray that God protects and strengthens the faith of Christians who live with constant danger and stress (The Bible, John 17:10-12).

Mali (Open Doors)

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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It is estimated that there are 30 to 50 million Azeris. Nine million live in Azerbaijan while the rest live in the Diaspora. The highest concentration of the Diaspora dwells in Iran. There are only 7,000 to 14,000 Christian Azeri Believers worldwide. Praise God that a growing number of Believers understand the unique role they have to reach their people. Pray that the Church will grow in their love for Jesus Christ and one another (The Bible, John 13:34-35).

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