Pray for Our World: Canada

Canada has almost 10 million square km, the world’s second-largest country.  Most are European with a French majority in Quebec.  It has a diverse landscape and mix of peoples – both indigenous and immigrant.  70% of their trade is with the USA.  There is freedom of religion but also rapid secularization.  The majority is Christian Catholic, but 20% are non-religious.  Just like in the USA, the increase in liberal theology coincides with the decrease in church attendance.

I have traveled through most of Canada from Vancouver in the west to Quebec, Montreal and Newfoundland in the east.  It is very European, which is unique for North American continent, and is very secular.  I did not see much evidence of religion of any kind.  However, they do like American Christian television programs, and there are several strong student ministries in their colleges and universities.  The hope lies in our youth, that they will take a stand for their faith in a real way, and lead the next generation.

Pray for Our World: Cameroon

Cameroon in central Africa is one of the most ethnically complex countries with many sub-groups and dialects.  There are 278 languages in Cameroon, which makes Bible translations very difficult.  Only 10 languages have a complete Bible, and there are many unreached people groups.

We know that Jesus will not return until His story is told to the entire world.  What a day that will be when all people groups and all languages will hear about their Savior, Jesus Christ.  Heaven and nature will rejoice!

Pray for Our World: Cambodia

Cambodia lies between Thailand and Vietnam.  It is a fertile, forest-covered state on the Mekong River.  It is also one of the poorest countries and heavily dependent on foreign aid.  Years of war and genocide and corrupt government have hindered their development.  The sex trade is also common here.  Buddhism has been the national religion since the 15th century.  The Khmer Rouge (Cambodian Communists) sought to eradicate all religion in the 1960’s.  90% of Buddhist monks and most Christians perished.  The genocide of 1975-1979 killed nearly two million people and most of the population over the age of 30.  Since 1990 Christians have been allowed to worship openly with some limitations, and there has been significant Christian growth.  Please pray for the young people who have suffered the most, that they will have hope and a future that most of the rest of us take for granted.

Pray for Our World: Burundi

Burundi is in central Africa between Rwanda and Tanzania.  It is one of the poorest nations with 70-80% living below the poverty line.  The country is highly in debt, and gained its independence from Belgium in 1962.  Christian workers were expelled by the volatile regime between 1970 and 1985, and few have returned.  However, there is a new development of Christian universities in the country, with the most notable being the Hope Africa University (Free Methodists) and University of Light (Anglican).

Many of the children have lost parents, are undernourished, and suffer from malaria and AIDS.  Violence against children is common.  Only half of the children attend school.  Pray for these children, and for more Christian education and resources to help the people.

Pray for Our World: Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country between Mali and Niger in western Africa.  One of the world’s poorest countries, it is prone to drought and famine.  The spirit world is also very dominant here.  The country is said to be 50% Muslim, 20% Christian, and 100% animist (belief in spirits).  There are many physical and spiritual needs of the people, and the few missionaries are stretched.  Pray that the dark spiritual hold will be lifted in this country with the light that is Jesus Christ.