Day 29

Nigeria, West Africa
Population: 181,562,000
Chief of State: President Muhammadu Buhari
Head of Gov.: President Muhammadu Buhari
Christians: 50.4%
Evangelical Christians: 19.8%
Dominant Religion: Christianity
Persecution Ranking: 14th
Life Expectancy: 52 Years
Literacy Rate: 61.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: 70%
Refugees Living in Nigeria: 1,190,113

Pray for Nigeria - facebook page

Nine years of war against the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency group in northern Nigeria has taken a toll on young people. Children captured by Boko Haram have been rescued on a number of occasions. Experts say more than half a million children require urgent social and psychological support, but facilities available can only look after a few hundred at a time. The fear is some will rejoin Boko Haram. Pray for more people to become available to help with the psychological and social support. Pray that God will heal these children and set them free (The Bible, Ephesians 3:20).

UNICEF Nigeria welcomes release of child Boko Haram suspects (Al Jazeera)

Maldives, South Asia
Population: 393,000
Chief of State: President Abdulla Yameen
Head of Gov.: President Abdulla Yameen
Christians: 0.0%
Evangelical Christians: 0.0%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 13th
Life Expectancy: 75.37 Years
Literacy Rate: 99%
Population Below Poverty Line: 16%
Refugees Living in Maldives: 45

Pray for Maldives - facebook page

Maldives’ opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed, who has been in exile for nearly three years, has returned to the Maldives after a Supreme Court stayed his 13-year prison sentence on terrorism charges. Pray that the new government will continue to work diligently to improve the situation in this nation. Pray for increased transparency. Pray for corruption to be dealt a heavy blow. Pray that the new government will also develop a softer heart towards religious freedom (The Bible, Psalm 47:2).

Ex-Maldives president, back from exile, says new government will clear $3 billion China loan (Reuters)

Jordan, Middle East
Population: 8,118,000
Chief of State: King Abdullah II
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour
Christians: 2.1%
Evangelical Christians: 0.3%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: 21st
Life Expectancy: 73.90 Years
Literacy Rate: 93.4%
Population Below Poverty Line: 14.2%
Refugees Living in Jordan: 672,930

Pray for Jordan - facebook page

The benefits of quality inclusive education for all children, including those with disabilities is a necessity. Generous support from Australia to UNICEF, is helping to strengthen the education system for all children, including the provision of specialized equipment and facilities for two Model Inclusive Schools in Amman and Irbid. 4,000 children with disabilities have been fully included in public schools across the country. Ensuring children with disabilities to have access to quality learning is a priority of Australian Aid in Jordan. Pray that the children in Jordan will benefit through this new project of education overcoming all stumbling blocks. Pray that the children with disabilities will receive quality education and care (The Bible, Leviticus 19:14).

Model Inclusive Schools Helping Build a Fairer Society in Jordan

Senegal, West Africa
Population: 13,976,000
Chief of State: President Macky Sall
Head of Gov.: Prime Minister Mohamed Dionne
Christians: 5.5%
Evangelical Christians: 0.2%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 61.32 Years
Literacy Rate: 39.3%
Population Below Poverty Line: 54%
Refugees Living in Senegal: 17,188

Pray4Senegal Facebook Page

Senegal is dealing with a water shortage. Aid agencies say a quarter of Senegal's population lacks basic water access, with some homes completely cut off for months. The government announced plans for the country's first desalinization plant, but it faces opposition from groups who worry about the damage to the site, considered sacred land, and the ecosystem surrounding it. Pray for a wise solution. Pray for greater commitment to good stewardship of water resources. Pray also that many will come to know the Living Water that is Jesus (The Bible, Isaiah 12:3).

Senegal faces water shortage crisis (Al Jazeera)