Day 7

Niger, West Africa
Mahamadou Issoufou is the President and Brigi Rafini is the Prime minister of Niger. Médecins Sans Frontières began supporting the national response to COVID-19 in Niamey, the epicentre of the new CORONAVIRUS pandemic in Niger. MSF teams that regularly work in several other parts of the country have also implemented a number of measures as the virus spread to other regions. In a context characterized by stigma and violence, there are many challenges to respond to the pandemic. After six weeks of construction, the MSF treatment centre for COVID-19 patients at the Amirou Boubacar Diallo National hospital in Niamey opened its doors. The center has superior infection control conditions. The beds are separated by between one and two meters, and the whole space is bright and well-ventilated. All of this will limit the risk of infection and better protect medical staff and patients. To ensure the smooth running of this facility, MSF recruited and trained more than 100 new members of staff.

Praise Report
We praise God that in just a few weeks a semi-permanent, completely autonomous hospital structure to treat patients and limit the risk of transmission of CORONAVIRUS to the neighboring has been set up and a major awareness-raising effort is being carried out (The Bible, Isaiah 38:16).

Prayer Requests
We pray that the joint MSF and Ministry of Public Health intervention teams will provide technical support in verifying alerts, organizing triage and referring serious cases from health centers to the treatment centre and also will provide psychological support (The Bible, Hebrews 4:16).

We pray that the crucial work by the health centres within communities will help create the appropriate response to a pandemic and will release the people still afraid of being stigmatized (The Bible, Hebrews 2:15).

Call to Salvation
We pray that the Christians account for less than one percent of the population present in the regions of Maradi and Dogondoutchi, and in Niamey will courageously reach out to the terrified people with the good news of Christ’ love (The Bible, Acts 8:12).

Sources:
WIN
Population: 20,672,987
Chief of State: President Mahamadou Issoufou
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Brigi Rafini
Christians: 0.5%
Evangelical Christians: 0.1%
Dominant Religion: Islam
Persecution Ranking:Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 55 Years
Literacy Rate: 28.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 63%
Refugees Living in Niger: 147,936

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Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia
Kyrgyzstan remains the second poorest country in post-Soviet Central Asia. Unemployment, corruption, inflation, and religious and human-rights violations still plague people’s lives, as it did before the Tulip Revolution. In 2010 a parliamentary constitution with elaborate checks and balances was adopted, making Kyrgyzstan the only Central Asian country in which the president is limited to a single term. Most Kyrgyz are nominal Muslims, but a growing Islamic identity is concerning. A lack of growth in the Church has been observed. There is diversity even within Kyrgyz culture. City, youth and village cultures, Russian and Kyrgyz speakers, let alone other people groups including Uzbeks, Tajiks and Uyghurs who live in Kyrgyzstan. This poses a very real challenge for effective church planting. The nation has been devastated by the COVID-19 crisis.

Praise Report
Praise God that COVID-19 provided opportunities for Christians to assist with meeting the needs in local communities. Some churches opened up day medical centres, while others reached out with food aid. Pray that spiritual hunger will also be met in Jesus (The Bible, Psalm 107:9).

Prayer Requests
In the last two years, Kyrgyz young people have been mobilized to go into remote Uzbek villages to share the Gospel, and they are seeing fruit. Pray that strong Churches will be formed (The Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:13).

Bride kidnapping continues to be a problem. Though the child protection laws in Kyrgyzstan are among the best in Central Asia, the enforcement of the laws is not strong. (The Bible, Isaiah 1:17).

Call to Salvation
Pray for the salvation of influential leaders in both the cities and the rural regions. Pray that they will bring many others with them into God’s Kingdom (The Bible, Acts 2:38).

Sources:
WIN
Population: 6,389,500
Chief of State: President Sooronbay Jeenbekov
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Muhammetkaliy Abulgaziyev
Christians: 6.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.4%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 71.21 Years
Literacy Rate: 98.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 33.7%
Refugees Living in Kyrgyzstan: 12,824

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