Day 9

Mali, West Africa
Mali struggles to keep peace with ever-present tribal tensions, and the presence of many radical Islamic militant groups in the north. 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. Growing dissatisfaction with this state of affairs has resulted in massive public protests this year calling for the resignation of the president.

Praise Report
Praise God for churches that continue to meet in the southern regions. Pray that these churches will experience the presence of God in their midst, bringing encouragement and strength (The Bible, 2 Timothy 2:1).

Prayer Requests
Pray for Christians Malians to increase in their faith, that they hold the keys to the spread of the Gospel in this hard-to-reach nation (The Bible, Colossians 4:2-6).

Earnestly intercede for the government to humble themselves, repent of their wicked ways, and seek God for the wisdom needed to bring breakthroughs for the future of their nation (The Bible, Psalm 140:4).

Call to Salvation
Father God, we ask you to move mightily in the hearts and lives of men and women who have lost hope that anything will ever change in their nation. We ask that in their desperation they will cry out to You and find salvation in You alone (The Bible, Proverbs 24:14).

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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Azerbaijan, Southwest Asia
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 neighbouring Armenia over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh disputed territory is ongoing. Oil export revenues have aided the Azeri population, elevating living standards and increasing military strength. Yet, poverty and corruption plague the nation. The Church experiences ongoing restrictions, specially with raids on church meetings and homes of church leaders, and detentions 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 court cases and fines directed at them (The Bible, 2 Timothy 4:5).

Prayer Requests
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).

We bless the members of government today to have life-changing encounters with Jesus that bring conviction of sin, and sets their feet onto the right path (The Bible, Proverb 2:9).

Call to Salvation
Praise God that He is Light and no darkness is in Him. Ask God to draw many people into the Light of Christ (The Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:6).

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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