Croatia is surrounded by Bosnia, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia and the Adriatic Sea.  They are still recovering from Communist regime, wars between Serbs and Croatians, and have high unemployment, low wages, and high debt.  Income is about $15,000 per person.  Catholicism is the unofficial religion and many leaders in the Catholic Church are at the forefront of reconciliation and justice.  They have a higher percentage of Catholics attending mass than other European countries.  Pray that the Catholic Church and all Christian churches in the area are able to reach out to the people and provide the assistance they need.
Cote d’Ivoire is one of the world’s largest producers of cocoa and coffee.  What a great combination!  Sadly, they have had many conflicts that have divided their nation.  Missionaries were mostly driven out in previous conflicts of 2002-2007, and the country is divided between Muslim in the north and predominantly Christian in the south.  Yet, both religions are mixed with African religion and distorted.  Islam has spread rapidly with tribal groups in the north, and have grown from 5% in 1900 to 42% today. Christian music writing, recording and the Jesus film continue to be influential in Cote d’Ivoire and many other parts of Africa.  Pray that the messages of these songs will remain true and not become a mixed […]
Costa Rica, an agricultural land between Nicaragua and Panama, is a stable influence to the surrounding land conflicts.  Roman Catholicism is the official state religion, and although other religions are not illegal, they are not quite equal before the law either.  The main issue seems to be unity among churches and denominations, which have left some leaving the Catholic church, others returning to the familiarity when evangelical churches did not continue to disciple, and declining church attendance for all.  Pray that all Christians will unite with one goal under Jesus Christ, which is to bring people to a real and sustaining faith in their lives.

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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life and hope she sees around her every day. She has written for Guideposts and Angels on Earth magazines, and teaches the story of God in women's Bible study. Her stories of life, hope, and everyday faith show how we can experience real faith in our daily lives.