Day 22

Ethiopia, East Africa
Population: 99,466,000
Chief of State: President Mulatu Teshome
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
Christians: 60.1%
Evangelical Christians: 17.4%
Dominant Religion: Christianity
Persecution Ranking: 29th
Life Expectancy: 57.64 Years
Literacy Rate: 39%
Population Below Poverty Line: 39%
Refugees Living in Ethiopia: 665,240

Pray for Ethiopia - facebook page

During demonstrations in the capital city in September, 1,204 youth were detained. Several months later, 1,100 have been released while 83 will face court cases for various crimes. Violence during the protests was a blow to new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s efforts at reconciliation. Pray against any attempts to derail the reconciliation efforts and ask God to bless all efforts to bring unity and stability to this nation. Pray for the youth who were released to experience conviction in their spirits from the loving Heavenly Father that will lead them to repentance for any violence in which they participated. Pray that they will instead become voices for peace and reconciliation (The Bible, 1 Timothy 2:5).

Ethiopia frees 1,174 detainees held over Addis Ababa violence (Africa News)

Myanmar (Burma), Southeast Asia
Population: 56,320,000
Chief of State: President Thein Sein
Head of Gov.: President Thein Sein
Christians: 8.8%
Evangelical Christians: 5.1%
Dominant Religion: Buddhism
Persecution Ranking: 24th
Life Expectancy: 66.29 Years
Literacy Rate: 92.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 32.7%
Refugees Living in Myanmar: 1,186,501

Pray for Myanmar - facebook page

In the Wa Autonomous State, Christians faced a sudden surge of persecution. 52 churches were closed down; 3 were demolished. 92 pastors were arrested and were said to have been made to work in fields, while 41 Bible school students were forced to work as porters for Burmese Army soldiers. Close to 100 Christians were released after they were forced to sign documents saying they would limit their faith and not pray in churches. Pray that the Lord will comfort and strengthen these Believers. Pray that they will not experience shame, but will be encouraged to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ (The Bible, Romans 5:1-2).

Myanmar: Christians Forced to Sign Papers Vowing Not to Pray in Church, Curb Their Faith (The Christian Post)