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July 17, 2009

News from Benin, Please Pray for President Yayi

Filed under: Benin,Prayer Requests — TimMc @ 3:26 pm

President Yayi

President Yayi, elected to lead the country of Benin in 2006 is an evangelical Christian. He is dedicated to eliminating poverty in his country and is very open to evangelical assistance for his people. Please pray that God would continue to give President Yayi clear direction on how to lead his country. Pray that President Yayi would seek God daily and desire to deepen his relationship with Him.

In June, Samaritan’s Purse completed a visit with President Yayi. Please visit the Samaritan’s Purse website to read more about their interaction and ministry within Benin.

As Purposeful Africa moves forward with its plans to visit West Africa and the country of Benin, pray that God will bless our efforts there and that we will bring glory and honor to Him as we minister.

July 1, 2009

Benin, a Country Profile & Prayer Guide

Filed under: Benin,Country Profiles and Prayer Guides,Prayer Requests — TimMc @ 4:21 am


Compared to the countries surrounding Benin, it is much smaller, being about the size of the state of Ohio. The country is basically divided into five geographic zones, from south to north: the Coastal plain, the plateau, the elevated plateau and savannah, hills in the northwest, and fertile plains in the north.

Benin is a great country to visit on any West African itinerary. Here you’ll find a large palatial ruins and temples of the once powerful Kingdom of Dahomey (1800s–1894). Benin is the birthplace of Vodun (Voodoo) and all that goes with it. The country was also the site of slave trading through which Voodoo spread throughout the Caribbean, South America, and into the US. The national parks of Benin are also well worth a visit for their abundant wildlife. Benin is also one of the most stable and safe countries of the region for travelers.

A few interesting facts about Benin:

  • The country has a population of approximately 8 million people.
  • Complete religious freedom under the present government. The President actively encourages Christian ministry, although all religions are free to practice and propagate their faiths.
  • The official language of the country is French. There are a total of 51 languages within the country.
  • Currently there are 6 languages with a complete translation of the Bible, 9 languages with the New Testament, and 12 other languages that are works in progress.

Specific ways to pray for the country of Benin:

  • Praise God for spiritual breakthroughs in the 1990s. There have been many churches planted in previously un-evangelized groups. Benin, a country which was once the source of many slaves, is now beginning to experience freedom through Christ. (Continue reading…)