Day 10

Benin, West Africa
Population: 10,449,000
Chief of State: President Thomas Yayi Boni
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou
Christians: 31.7%
Evangelical Christians: 7.2%
Dominant Religion: Christianity
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 61.47 Years
Literacy Rate: 42.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 37.4%
Refugees Living in Benin: 483

Pray4Benin Facebook Page

Sébastien Ajavon, one of the nation’s most successful businessmen and a leading opposition politician, has been summonsed to court accused of "high-risk international drug trafficking." Two years ago he faced the same charges but a conviction was not given due to insufficient evidence. Last year he was fined more than $300 million for allegedly evading taxes since 2014. That case is still in court. Ajavon says all the charges are politically motivated. Ask God to illuminate the truth. Pray that wealthy people like Mr. Ajavon would not think they can avoid paying taxes or face justice for alleged crimes (The Bible, Zecharaiah 7:9).

Benin Chicken Tycoon Faces Fresh Cocaine Trafficking Charges (Forbes)

Indonesia, South Asia
Population: 255,994,000
Chief of State: President Joko Widodo
Head of Gov.: President Joko Widodo
Christians: 12.9%
Evangelical Christians: 2.8%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 38th
Life Expectancy: 72.45 Years
Literacy Rate: 92.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: 11.7%
Refugees Living in Indonesia: 11,186

Pray4Indonesia Facebook Page

Fifteen years ago Indonesia enacted its first anti-terrorism laws, but the 2016 Jakarta terrorist attack caused the government to begin updating its laws. Progress on this overhaul, however, has been impeded by the growing politicization of Islam. Hardline Islamic groups support certain political parties, while moderate Islamic groups support other parties, resulting in a stalemate as legislatures could not agree on definitions. No one anticipated the horrendous suicide bombings in May this year, when whole families blew themselves up. The stalemate has been broken and there is finally an urgent movement to update laws. Pray for swift changes and wise laws. Pray that many Indonesians will see Islam for what it really is and turn to Jesus Christ (The Bible, 1 John 4:8).

Indonesia: populism and politicization of Islam (The Interpreter)