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July 6, 2009

Liberia, A Country Profile & Prayer Guide

Filed under: Country Profiles and Prayer Guides,Liberia — TimMc @ 12:57 pm

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After almost two decades of civil war, which claimed over 250,000 lives, Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic and still one of its poorest nations may be on the rebound. In 2006, the country took the bold step of electing the first woman president ever for the continent of Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. With the presence of several thousand UN troops, she has begun the daunting task of rebuilding Liberia. The people are responding well to her leadership and much progress is being made in rebuilding the shattered country.

Liberia is a lush, rainforested country located on West Africa’s southern flank. Visitors will enjoy the opportunity of exploring the sprawling city of Monrovia, relaxing on the beach, or venturing into the pristine wilderness of Sapo National Park. A great description of Liberia in times past can be found in Graham Greene’s “Journey without Maps”, an account of his overland trip across the country in 1935. Of course, it’s not an up-to-date guide-book, the descriptions and the atmosphere of the country it creates – particularly when dealing with the mysterious and jungle-rich interior – make the book a valuable and entertaining introduction for anyone planning to visit Liberia.

A few interesting facts about Monrovia:

  • It has a population of 4.5 million people, with 16 major ethnic groups divided in three language families.
  • English is the official language.
  • 38% literacy rate (was 64% in 1990 prior to civil war)
  • The country has abundant water, plentiful natural resources of iron, diamonds, rubber, timber, etc.
  • Liberia was founded as a Christian state. There continues to be freedom of religion in theory, but in practice there is pressure on Christians to conform to occult secret societies. Religious and denominational figures are mostly estimates due to massive numbers fleeing the civil war.

Specific ways to pray for Liberia:

  • The civil war was a tragedy for Liberia, the country was devastated and the people traumatized. It was also a blight that poisoned much of West Africa, especially Sierra Leone and increasingly Guinea. Its roots lay in deep ethnic hatreds, greed, lust for power, and in a compromised Christianity that gave Satan opportunity.
  • Pray specifically for:
  1. Government and leadership that rejects oppression, institutional violence, and the endemic culture of extortion and corruption.
  2. Reconciliation between the ethnic groups which were involved in fighting, atrocities and massacres – especially the Mandingo and Krahn on one side and the Mano and Gio on the other.
  3. A healing of the terrible physical, psychological, and spiritual wounds of the war – 65% of the population have been, and many are still, refugees. Almost the entire population has either been victims or perpetrators of unspeakable crimes.
  • The rescue of the children of war. Little children were forced to become soldiers. Virtually all 1,400,000 children under 17 have been traumatized, lost their education, and many orphaned. Hunger, violence, homelessness, and drug abuse are widespread. Pray for churches and agencies seeking to repair some of the damage, restore family life, and bring them the gospel.
  • For decades Christians compromised with evil on an alarming scale. Freemasonry imported by the early settlers fused with indigenous tribal secret societies to become a pervasive influence that corrupted and compromised politics and nearly every denomination, whether mainline, evangelical or Pentecostal. During the war, Christians who refused to compromise were persecuted in some areas. Stagnation, failure of the gospel to advance in Liberia’s hinterland, lack of concern for the lost, and spiritual impotence so widespread in the churches are due to condoned sin, witchcraft, alcoholism, and polygamy among ‘Christians’. Pray for the binding of these spiritual forces and for a new day of freedom and power in the Holy Spirit for the Church. (Continue reading…)

Cote d’Ivoire, A Country Profile & Prayer Guide

Filed under: Cote d'Ivoire,Country Profiles and Prayer Guides — TimMc @ 12:05 pm

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Côte d’Ivoire, formerly Ivory Coast, (the official name is the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire), is a republic with a strong executive power personified in its president. The country’s capital is Yamoussoukro, with a population of roughly 200,000 people. The country is divided into 19 regions and 58 departments. It shares borders with Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. It also boasts over 370 miles of coastland on the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean). The southern and western parts of the country are forested, with undulating ground rising to meet the savannah plains of the north and the mountains along the western border. The country abounds in some of the best natural attractions in West Africa, such as the large rainforest contained in Parc National de Taï.

You will quickly notice that Côte d’Ivoire is different from many other African countries because of its the extreme ethnic and linguistic diversity. There are over 60 people groups – which include the Akar, Kron, Nzima, Hone, Voltaic, and Malinke peoples. With very few exceptions every Ivoirian has a mother tongue which is that of the village, along with traditions, family, and social relations within their ethnic group. Ivoirians are friendly and eager to engage visitors to their country.

A few interesting facts about Cote d’Ivoire:

  • Approx. 18 million people reside in the country.
  • The official language is French and there is a 42% literacy rate.
  • It is one of the world’s largest producers of cocoa, coffee, and palm oil. The post-independence boom produced both massive immigration of job-seekers from surrounding lands and a high level of corruption. Currency devaluation in 1994 led to further growth. A political coup in December 1999 caused a sharp downturn in the economy as capital inflows dropped. Many businesses have since left the country. Civil servants have received no cost of living salary raise in over 18 years.
  • The country’s economy is largely market-based and relies heavily on agriculture.
  • There is complete religious freedom. The government remains sympathetic to missions. Traditional religions are generally stronger in the centre and west. Islam (Sunni) is strong in the northwest and Abidjan. Both Islam and Christianity are highly syncretized with African traditional beliefs, making these three religions impossible to precisely enumerate.

Specific ways to pray for Cote d’Ivoire:

  • Praise God that denominations are beginning to work together more. This has largely come as a response to the nation’s troubles – such as the interdenominational prayer concerts in several cities. Events like the March for Jesus and the visits of OM/YWAM ships have brought together thousands from many denominations.
  • Spiritism is still strong in Côte d’Ivoire. There are 4000 evangelical churches, but 5000 sacred fetish groves. Many Christians are still affected by the power of spiritism and fetishes; compromising both their witness and their own life in Christ. Pray for those who have not left behind their spiritist past that they may be completely delivered by the power of Jesus. Pray that believers will be able to withstand temptation to revert to old practices.
  • Pray for unity and cooperation among evangelicals. For the country to be effectively evangelized and the church to mature, denominational differences and competition must be set aside in favor of partnerships and teamwork.
  • The level of Bible knowledge and discipleship is low, partly a result of rapid church growth. Many churches accept the ‘prosperity’ gospel, and open air campaigns sometimes focus more upon miracles and healings rather than the One who is their source. However, this trend has been counterbalanced by the growth of Bible Institutes, Study Centers, and Correspondence Courses in which thousands of students are now enrolled. Pray that students at the new CMA theological school may grow in the mastery of the Word. Pray for the AoG’s new training institute, opening soon in Abidjan. Pray also for the Navigators and other ministries that focus on the much needed area of discipleship.
  • People groups that still need pioneer mission work and don’t have a major church plant include:
  • Pray for the strongly Muslim peoples of the northwest: Malinke, Fulbe and Jula-speaking peoples, where only a handful have been won through the ministry of SIM, WEC, and CBI. The Malinke/Fulbe group make up nearly 2 million people and are 99.9% non-Christian. More than 85 churches with 4000 members exist in Malinke territory, but they are composed almost exclusively of people who come from outside the region. Among the Mahou the Norwegian Lutherans have seen several congregations planted.
  • The large influx of foreigners presents unusual opportunities for evangelizing those who are separated from the strong ties of their tribal cultures. While their presence in Côte d’Ivoire is the source of much strife, it is also a timely evangelistic opportunity. Nearly 30% of the population is foreign, and the majority of foreigners are Muslim. (Continue reading…)

July 1, 2009

Togo, a Country Profile & Prayer Guide

Filed under: Country Profiles and Prayer Guides,Prayer Requests,Togo — TimMc @ 7:29 pm

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Togo is a tiny sliver of a country squashed between Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin. In spite of its small land mass, it still manages to squeeze in dense lush forests, savannah, coastal lagoons, long sandy beaches, and swampy plains.

The capital city Lomé is situated on the Gulf of Benin. It is the only capital in the world situated right on a border. Modern hotels line the beach to welcome tourists. In various places throughout the city, there are still pockets of colonial architecture to be seen.

Togo’s national parks are home to buffalo, elephant, antelope, and numerous tropical bird species. Coffee plantations and cocoa farms, waterfalls, and palm plantations all lie on the country’s plateau, which rises up from the coast and is within an easy drive. In northeastern Togo, the traditional mud-tower settlements of the Batammariba in the Koutammakou landscape gained UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004.

A few interesting facts about Togo:

  • The country has a population of approximately 6 million people.
  • The official language is French. There are 43 languages used in Togo. The literacy rate is around 52%. There are only two indigenous languages used in the education system: Ewe/Mina and Kabiye. There are 6 languages with a complete translation of the Bible, 7 with the New Testament, and 12 other languages that are works in progress.
  • Subsistence agriculture is performed by 80% of the population. Togo’s main exports are phosphates, cotton, cocoa, and coffee. Economic growth has lagged behind population growth due to endemic government corruption. Most foreign aid has been suspended because of lack of fiscal discipline and a poor human rights record. About a third of the population lives below the international poverty line of US $1.25 a day.
  • A period of intense anti-Christian rhetoric in the 1970’s cooled to an official indifference. In 1978, 20 religious groups were banned; only Muslims, Catholics, and five Protestant churches were legally permitted to function. In 1990 nearly all restrictions were lifted and there has been considerable religious freedom since.
  • Despite the influences of Christianity and Islam, over half of the people of Togo follow native animistic practices and beliefs.
  • As with many other African countries, football (soccer) is the most popular sport. Until 2006, Togo was very much a minor force in world soccer, but like fellow West African nations such as Senegal, Nigeria, and Cameroon (which is located in Central Africa) before them, the Togolese national team finally qualified for the World Cup.

Specific ways to pray for the country of Togo:

  • Regaining religious freedom in 1990 has given a decade of more rapid church growth and outreach to many people for the first time. Evangelicals have grown from 17,000 in 1960 to nearly 400,000 in 2000. (Continue reading…)

Benin, a Country Profile & Prayer Guide

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

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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…)

June 29, 2009

Ghana, a Country Profile & Prayer Guide

Filed under: Country Profiles and Prayer Guides,Ghana — TimMc @ 2:17 am

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With over 100 ethnic groups residing in this beautiful country, Ghana is truly a melting pot of African cultures. Traces of the country’s rich history can be seen everywhere, especially along its palm lined beaches and lagoons. Ghana boasts 42 European forts and castles, UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, including Elmina and Cape Coast Castles—poignant reminders of the Ghana’s importance as an unfortunate way station for African slaves.

Ghana has a rich natural heritage too. It has a narrow grassy plain that stretches inland from the coast, widening in the east, while the south and west are covered by dense rainforests which are being developed into nature parks, such as the national park at Kakum. In spite of Ghana’s national parks and game reserves being relatively small compared to other African countries, species of antelope, monkeys, lions, and elephants can be seen here. Birds and butterflies are particularly numerous in Ghana’s forests.

A few interesting facts about Ghana:

  • There are 72 known languages spoken in the country. The official language is English and there is a 70% (very high) literacy rate.
  • There are 8 languages with full versions of the Bible available, 20 with the New Testament, and 26 other versions that are “works in progress.”
  • Ghana is a secular state with religious freedom.
  • There are approximately 26 million people living in Ghana. The capital, Accra has a population of 2,250,000. Other main cities: Kumasi 992,000, Sekondi-Takoradi 400,000 and Tamale 270,000.
  • Ghana contains Africa’s largest man-made lake, Lake Volta which covers 238,000 sq. kilometers.
  • Its main exports are cocoa, gold and timber. Early government overspending, mismanagement, and corruption reduced this once-prosperous land to poverty, thereby greatly reducing living standards. Since 1984 there has been a slow, but steady improvement through greater government discipline.

Specific ways to pray for the country of Ghana:

  • For years, Christianity has had a large following in the more developed south. Over 64% of Ghanaians call themselves Christian, but only 40% have any link with a church and only 12% attend a church regularly. African traditional worldviews and practices have gone hand-in-hand with the claim of being Christian. The deadness and formality of many older churches have stimulated rapid growth of the African Independent Churches, which offer excitement, involvement and miracles, but not always salvation by faith. The number of these denominations may be in the thousands! Pray that the true gospel may shine into the hearts of those who call themselves Christian but who are not born from above. Pray that a decisive break may be made from all fetishism and occult bondages, and true liberty in Jesus be found.
  • Over five million Muslims and followers of traditional religions still need to be reached.
  • Plant new churches for northern peoples in the East and West Upper regions, the Northern region, and for northerners in the South. This goal has yet to be attained, but at least eight churches and agencies are actively and vigorously planting and multiplying churches in each of these regions.
  • Develop and foster active, witnessing churches in villages, towns, urban centers and ethnic communities.
  • Mature Christian leaders are in short supply in this time of rapid growth, economic stress, and doctrinal confusion. There are two diploma-awarding schools – Christian Service College (CSC) in Kumasi started by WEC and Maranatha Bible College (SIM). Trinity College awards degrees predominantly for mainline churches. There are over 30 other accredited denominational and inter-denominational Bible schools as well as a range of TEE and lay training programs run by different denominations and agencies.
  • The vision for missions by the Ghanaian church has grown, with agencies and workers increasing in numbers. Gradually the reluctance of more sophisticated southern Christians to go to the ‘backward’ north is being overcome.
  • Young people are in the forefront of the move of the Spirit. Praise God for the impact of SU on the secondary schools; GHAFES(IFES), Navigators and CCCI on the universities and colleges; and CEF with a number of workers among young children. Pray that the influence of converted young people may be decisive in church, mission, and national affairs. May many hear God’s call into full-time service. Very few churches have an effective program for young people or children. Youth under 15 comprise only 30% of the church-going population, but 45% of the total population.
  • Missionary personnel to serve as Bible teachers, translators, media experts, and pioneer evangelists are still needed. A key area for prayer is that there might be healthy, helpful partnerships between indigenous church leaders and missionaries. Pray for missions serving the Lord in this land; the largest organizations being SIL, SIM, IMB-SBC, WEC.
  • The less evangelized peoples of Ghana have generally never been so receptive as now. Ghanaian and expatriate workers are needed for the reaping. Of the more than 35 peoples of the north, only one is even nominally Christian. In the remaining people groups, less than 2% are Christian of any variety. Churches have often been small, weak, and largely illiterate with many leaders having basic training only. (Continue reading…)

June 28, 2009

Sierra Leone, a Country Profile & Prayer Guide

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With a civil war that ended in 2002, Sierra Leone is rebuilding its infrastructure to attract the former tourists that came here from Europe to enjoy the unspoiled rainforests, refreshing waterfalls, and secluded white sand beaches. Currently, visitors pretty much have the sand and surf outside the capital pretty much to themselves. After a day in the sun, Freetown, the capital city, offers everything you need for an enjoyable evening out. While the visual reminders of the civil war are fading, the lingering effects are still evident. Many parts of the city have no rubbish collection and power still remains unreliable. While the surroundings of the city compensate for some of the chaos, you will soon realize that the effects of the tragic civil war are deep. Even though Freetown is filthy in places, you will find yourself loving the city.

Travel into the interior provinces remains adventurous at best. Roads are often in appalling shape and facilities are usually very basic. However, with the vibrant culture and welcoming people, the rewards are well worth the uncomfortable traveling conditions. Life is starting to return to normal and Sierra Leone is becoming one of West Africa’s safest destinations.

A few interesting facts about Sierra Leone:

  • The current population is estimated to be 6 million.
  • Freetown has a population of 1.175 million
  • 70% of the population is Muslim and 12% claim to be Christian
  • The country is rich in natural resources – diamonds, gold, titanium, iron ore, etc. In the late 80’s and early 1990’s, the country fell into a state of anarchy because of corruption and the gross mismanagement of these resources, causing the economy to collapse.
  • There are two distinct seasons in Sierra Leone. November to April is the dry season and the best holiday weather. May to October is the wet (rainy) season. There is also the “harmattan period” of during the months of December to February when very dry winds arrive from the Sahara.

Specific ways to pray for the country of Sierra Leone:

  • Sierra Leone is infamous for the barbaric maiming of innocent victims as an instrument for terror and control during the civil war. Thousands of men, women, and children had limbs cruelly amputated. Over 100,000 were slain. Countless numbers of girls and women were raped. Thousands of children were kidnapped, drugged, and forced to kill their own relatives. Nearly the entire population has had the experience of being a refugee. Pray that all the instigators who, for greed, unleashed such terror would be brought to justice and even to repentance and faith in Christ.
  • A battle rages between democracy and dementia. Pray for the continued restoration of government and that this government might be honest, accountable to the people, and establish a lasting peace. Pray that committed Christians will be a vital part of the new leadership. (Continue reading…)

June 8, 2009

Guinea, a Brief Country Profile & Prayer Guide

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Guinea’s primary attraction to tourists is the yet to be disturbed countryside. The landscape varies from mountains to plains and from savannah to forest. At 94,919 square miles, Guinea is roughly the size of the United Kingdom, slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, and has 200 miles of coastline. The countries bordering Guinea include Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, and Sierra Leone. The country is divided into four main regions: the Basse-Cote lowlands in the west along the coast, populated mainly by the Susu ethnic group; the cooler, mountainous Fouta Djalon that run roughly north-south through the middle of the country, populated by Peuls, the Sahelian Haute-Guinea to the northeast, populated by Malinkes, and the forested jungle regions in the southeast, with several ethnic groups. Guinea’s mountains are the source for the Niger, the Gambia, and Senegal Rivers, as well as the numerous rivers flowing to the sea on the west side of the range in Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.

The capital, Conakry, is located on the island of Tumbo and connected to the Kaloum Peninsula by a 984 foot long pier. The city is well laid out with its alleys shaded by mangrove and coconut palm trees. Guinea has a strong music tradition and Conakry, in particular, is a dynamic center for music. The singing of the Kindia people is especially renowned.

A few interesting facts about Guinea:

• The current population is estimated at 10,211,437.
• The highest point in Guinea is Mont Nimba at 5,748 feet high.
• Richly endowed with minerals, Guinea possesses over 25 billion metric tons of bauxite (up to one-half of the world’s reserves). In addition, Guinea’s mineral wealth includes more than 4 billion tons of high-grade iron ore, significant diamond and gold deposits, and large quantities of uranium. The country also has considerable growth potential in the agricultural and fishing sectors (this should be of particular interest to those who are interested in Business as Mission).
• The official language of Guinea is French. Other significant languages spoken are Pular (Fulfulde or Fulani), Maninka, Susu, Insula, Kissi, Kpelle, and Loma.
• Approximately 85 percent of the population is Muslim. 10 percent is Christian, and 5 percent holds traditional indigenous beliefs.

Specific ways to pray for the country of Guinea:

Praise God for complete religious freedom, a reaction to the Marxist-Muslim years of terror which has made Muslims more receptive to Christianity. The liberty is being progressively eroded though especially in major towns outside the forest region. (Continue reading…)

June 2, 2009

Senegal, a Brief Country Profile & Prayer Guide

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Senegal is located at Africa’s most western point between Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania, with another tiny country, The Gambia, almost entirely enclosed within it. Its name is said to have originated from the Wolof name for the dugout canoes used by fishermen. Today the brightly painted, specially designed pirogues are at the heart of one of Senegal’s main national sports, canoe racing, which takes place along various stretches of the coast. The dugouts are still used by fishermen who navigate the waters of the 250-mile long coastline in the age-old tradition that is the most common activity after farming.

Senegal’s modern capital city of Dakar is situated on the tip of the Cape Verde peninsula. It’s vibrant and full of local and international activity. Here you will find businessmen rubbing shoulders with tourists and traditionally dressed Senegalese amid the gleaming hotels, cafes, colorful open-air markets, and the medina (old quarter). Just two miles offshore lies Gorée, an island that was the most important slave depot in West Africa between the 16th and 19th centuries.

It’s possible to enjoy sunshine almost all year round on hundreds of miles of beautiful beaches, estuaries, mangrove swamps, savannah, and a semi-desert in the north. The Casamance region, a strip of land stretching from east to west across the country below The Gambia, boasts some of the most enjoyable beaches in West Africa. It is heavily visited by tourists due to its tropical splendor with lush forests, coconut palm groves, brilliant flame trees and bougainvillea, and warm waters brushing endlessly along the sandy beaches.

A few interesting facts about Senegal:
• The main industries include food processing, mining, cement, artificial fertilizer, chemicals, textiles, refining imported petroleum, and tourism. Exports include fish, chemicals, cotton, fabrics, groundnuts, and calcium phosphate, and the principal foreign market is India at 26.7 percent of exports (as of 1998). Other foreign markets include the US, Italy, and the UK.
• Over 11 million people call Senegal home. 70% live in rural areas while approximately 2.4 million people live in or near the capital of Dakar.
• The official language of Senegal is French, but nearly 44% of the population’s first language is Wolof.
• Senegal is a secular state with freedom of religion despite the large Muslim majority.

Specific ways to pray for the country of Senegal:

Praise God that Senegal allows freedom of religion. However, the task is great as 92% of the population adheres to Islam. It is the religion of almost all of the Wolof, Fulbe, and Mande peoples. Pray for new receptivity to the gospel message and the continued preservation of religious freedom. (Continue reading…)

May 18, 2009

Morocco, a Country Profile & Prayer Guide

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Morocco is a land of contrasts with its fertile coastlands, the high Atlas Mountains, and the Saharan Desert. This beautiful country is populated primarily by the indigenous Berbers along with some French, Spanish, and a small Jewish population.

Some interesting facts about Morocco:

  • Arabic is the official language. However, French and English are widely used too.
  • Agriculture, tourism, and phosphate mining are the primary industries that drive Morocco’s economy. Morocco and the Western Sahara have 70% of the world’s phosphate reserves. There is widespread poverty and extremely high unemployment rates (over 50% for youth). Millions of Moroccans seek employment in other countries, especially throughout Europe.
  • Sunni Islam is the state religion. Other religions are tolerated as long as their ministry is confined to expatriate communities. 99.85% of the population is Muslim, .10% are Christian, while .05% are Jewish.

Specific ways to pray for the country of Morocco:

The new king is attempting to encourage more democracy and improve the economy as well as the lot of the underprivileged. This has brought about expectations for change that could lead to more openness for the Good News. Drought, Islamist activism, and the culture of corruption in the bureaucracy all could sabotage this. Pray for the King and those in government; for peace and stability. Pray that this nation may become open for the messengers of the gospel.

Praise God for a widespread and growing interest in the gospel. Pray specifically for protection of those seeking the gospel and national believers. Pray also for greater freedom for, and recognition of, Christians. The constitution guarantees freedom of religion – but this does not allow the freedom to leave Islam. Pray for all who have taken this step and for boldness in their witness.

A Moroccan Church is emerging – but at great cost. It is estimated that by 2000 there were 500 believers and some seekers in about 20 small groups meeting for fellowship throughout the country. Many believers are isolated from regular fellowship. Pray for:

  • Deep trust and fellowship to be established between believers so that they can meet together despite the risks and that a strong, indigenous, economically self-sufficient, Moroccan Church might develop.
  • Grace, fortitude and deliverance from fear when pressured or harassed by family, police and the authorities.
  • Those discipling individual believers despite the climate of suspicion, fear and isolation, and the lack of Scriptures and teaching materials.
  • Provision of leadership and training opportunities for believers. New leadership training programs are being developed. Pray that there may be God-given, Spirit-gifted leadership for every group of believers.
  • An increase in the number of Christian marriages and families, which then provide the basis for strong, vibrant house churches.
  • Official recognition of the existence of Moroccan believers and their identity as genuine Moroccans.
  • The planting of churches in every town and city.

Specific unreached peoples:

  • The Berber peoples were nominally Christian until Islam arrived in Morocco. There is a revival of Berber culture and script. The government ban on using the Berber languages has ceased. Literacy in these languages has been very low because of earlier insistence on the sole use of Arabic. There are some believers in each of the three major Berber people groups. Pray that there may soon be groups meeting together using the indigenous languages. The Tashilhayt New Testament was published in 1998.
  • The Maghreb Jews once numbered 250,000, but most emigrated to Israel in 1948. Today only 15,000 remain as a respected minority. There is no known outreach to them at this time.
  • The nomadic desert tribes of the south and east, who have little contact with the gospel. (Continue reading…)

May 3, 2009

Praying for the Countries to be Visited by Purposeful Africa

Filed under: Country Profiles and Prayer Guides,Prayer Requests — admin @ 3:29 am

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In coming weeks we will be featuring prayer requests each country that Purposeful Africa will visit. These prayer requests have been gathered and organized by Operation World. We are thankful for their dedication to providing detailed information for Christian prayer warriors so that effective prayer may take place for these countries and those who are ministering there.

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

A portion of the requests that we will be posting are from Operation World’s book. This book contains detailed information about every country from a Christian perspective. We encourage you to purchase the book so that you may learn more details about the ministries that are working in the countries that will be visited by Purposeful Africa.