Pray for Our World: Chad

Chad is also in central Africa, and is made up of desert, dry grassland and thick bush.  It has a complex mix of over 150 people groups.  Many previously unreached people are being reached for the first time.  The tragic upheaval in nearby Darfur have brought many people into contact with the gospel that otherwise may never have heard.  The persecution by other Muslims have disillusioned many with Islam and have made some open to the loving witness of Christians.  The Chadian Arabic Christian radio and the Jesus film, which is widely used in Arabic, is also well received.

Pray that the people of Chad will continue to have access to the truth of Jesus Christ which will truly set them free and give them a hope and a future.

Pray for Our World: Central African Republic

Located directly in central Africa, the country is composed of 80 different ethnic groups. The official languages are French and Sango, which is a trade language used by most of the population.  They have 48% literacy.  Rich in natural resources and minerals, diamonds account for 55% of the exports, though most of the working population are farmers.

76% are Christian and 14% Muslim, with tribal ethnoreligion making up the rest.  The national church seems to be emerging as a witness and service to the people.  National missionaries and agencies are on the increase, indigenous-led ministries are springing up, and Bible translation in mother tongues and literacy in the churches are also progressing.  Half of the population is under the age of 15, so ministry to young people and to women are vital.  Women are just now making inroads into ministry through Christian Women’s Union and Women’s Aglow.  Even Muslim converts to Jesus are considered very influential within their communities.

Pray that the mission efforts and the churches will continue to be a strong beacon of hope for the people of Central Africa, and that they will have a positive impact in the communities.  God is moving in this remote, central part of Africa.

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: 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.