Day 8

Iran, Middle East
Population: 81,824,000
Chief of State: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
Head of Gov.: President Hassan Rouhani
Christians: 0.8%
Evangelical Christians: 0.4%
Dominant Religion: Shia Islam
Persecution Ranking: 10th
Life Expectancy: 71.15 Years
Literacy Rate: 86.8%
Population Below Poverty Line: 18.7%
Refugees Living in Iran: 982,085

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Two Christians, Saheb Fadaie and Fatemeh Bakhteri were sentenced to 12 and 18 months in prison for “spreading propaganda against the regime.” Judge Mashaullah Ahmadzadeh was one of the judges involved. He is heavily complicit in Iran’s human rights abuses, and has presided over several cases which led to the imprisonment of Christians. The other judge, Judge Ahmad Zargar is currently on the European Union’s sanctions list for serious human rights violations, including overseeing miscarriages of justice. Please pray for the salvation of these men. Ask God for “Saul to Paul” experiences (The Bible, Acts 9:1-19).

Iran’s Judges Further Criminalize Christianity (ICC)

Burkina Faso, West Africa
Population: 18,932,000
Chief of State: Roch Marc Christian Kaboré
Head of Gov.: Paul Kaba Thieba
Christians: 20.2%
Evangelical Christians: 9.1%
Dominant Religion: Sunni Islam
Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked
Life Expectancy: 55.86 Years
Literacy Rate: 28.7%
Population Below Poverty Line: 46.7%
Refugees Living in Burkina Faso: 32,097

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Another new terrorist group has split off from well-known group, Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM). Currently there is a large push by the Sahel countries, with French support, to fight JNIM and other extremist groups that have started to take control and recruit in Mali, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso. Despite these attempts, the groups have grown. Ask God to give creative solutions and wisdom to the authorities that seek to bring the growth of radical Islam under control. Pray that many will recognize that radical Islam will not bring stability or spiritual peace (The Bible, John 8:32).

New Al-Qaeda Cell has Formed in Burkina Faso (ICC)