Pray for Our World: Kenya

Kenya has only been independent from Britain since 1963.  Like many countries who have gained their independence in the last 50 years, they struggle with corruption, political instability, and crime.  The population is majority Christian Protestant, and it remains a regional hub for Christian missions and education.  The crisis is with their youth.  The majority of the population are children with over 100,000 street children living in slums, while around 500 adults still pass away every day due to AIDS.

There are many support ministries and resources there.  Pray the churches and missionaries can continue to minister to the people, while keeping away evil outside influences that are trying to infiltrate the region.

Pray for Our World: Guinea

Guinea is located on Africa’s west coast.  The country has huge mineral deposits, fertil and plentiful land and water, but an inept and corrupt government has reduce it to poverty.  It was a French colony until 1958, then led by a Marxist-Muslim government that virtually destroyed it, and finally has become more democratic with the elections in 2010.

Christians are a very small minority and Guinea remains largely unreached.  Bible translations and literature are a great challenge.  The Jesus film has been seen by many in the country.  Pray for God’s protection for the Christians that are there, and that the ongoing translations, Jesus film and other means will have an impact for Christ in this area.

Pray for Our World: Ghana

Ghana is on the south-western coast of the Gulf of Guinea in Africa.  79% of the population earns less than $2 per day.  Yet, Ghana enjoys a rich Christian tradition.  With over 100 ethnic groups, there were only 5 Bible translations available in 1965.  Since then, the majority of Ghanaians have at least a New Testament translation and there is work in progress on every language in Ghana!  Hundreds of churches have been planted as a result of the newly translated scriptures in their languages.

May God bless the people and organizations that have faithfully worked on Bible translations over the years in Ghana.  But where God’s truth is being successfully told, there is often strong opposition.  Islam has set out to conquer Ghana.  Almost half of the population is under the age of 15 and very impressionable.  Pray for the Christian workers and churches there, that they may reach the young people for the truth and light and hope of Jesus Christ.

Pray for Our World: The Gambia

The Gambia, or also called Republic of The Gambia, is a narrow strip of riverine enclave that divides part of Senegal.  Life expectancy is 55 years, and half the population is under 15 years.  The Gambia was part of the West African slave trade, and the reason a population was kept by the Gambia river.  Today it is a majority Muslim country, and the country celebrates the Muslim holidays.  Homosexuality is illegal, and punishable by life in prison.

The unreached peoples are many and Christian evangelicals are few.  There is lack of tools, literature and training for the small churches that are there.  Pray for missionaries, the churches, and continuing Bible translations, Jesus film and Christian radio and tv, which offer hope and freedom to the people.

Pray for Our World: Gabon

Gabon is on the equator in central coastal Africa.  Two-thirds of the land is tropical rainforest.  It is one of the wealthier African countries and has a stable government.  The Catholic church was dominant in the past but has been declining.  Witchcraft, black magic, and other animist spirits are strong influences.  The former president converted to Islam, and his son/successor is following the same, and has great influence in terms of financial investments for the country.

Missionaries have committed to reaching the people of Gabon and presenting the gospel to them.  Pray for these missionaries as they go into an area that is strong in witchcraft and very foreign to the concept of the gospel.  Yet, Jesus Christ also died for these people, and as Jesus commanded us, “Go into all the world and tell them about me.”