Pray for Our World: Haiti

Haiti is one of the most densely populated and poorest countries in the Americas.  Hundreds of thousands of Haitians have fled or emigrated, not including the loss of life from the 2010 earthquake.  It will take billions of dollars and many years of stability and sustained redevelopment to see any long-term progress.  Major sources of income come from aid and relief organizations.  Literacy is 51% and functional literacy may be as low as 20%.  Early slavery from the French, dictatorships, and earthquakes have all but left the people with little hope.  Most identify themselves as Christians, but 75% practice voodoo.

However, since the earthquake in 2010, there has been a spiritual outpouring of faith that shook not only the nation but moved the entire world.  The president called for three days of prayer and fasting in place of Mardi Gras in February 2010, and over one million people showed up.  Churches were filled and overflowing.  Pray that this spirit will continue, as there is still a lot of work to be done and it will take time.  God works miracles, changes hearts and people, and if the people will continue to look to God, there can be much hope and change in their future.

Pray for Our World: Greenland

Greenland is 85% glacial ice cap, the world’s largest island, and the lowest population density.  Total population is about 57,000.  The economy is primarily fishing and supported by the Danish government.  The culture of Greenland has been so ingrained with the inhospitable environment for so long, that it has been devastated by the change to more modern ways.  There is widespread immorality, sexual abuse, alcoholism, mental illness and suicide.  Thankfully there are some indigenous believers and missionaries that are helping with counseling, healing and deliverance through the work of the Holy Spirit.

In 1984, there were only about 20 born-again believers in the entire country.  Since then it has been growing.  Pray for more contemporary Bible versions to be available, training, resources, and counselors for the people.  Jesus offers hope to all, and it is the only lasting and true hope for all our problems.  Not religion, but knowing the living Jesus and having Him be a part of your life.

There is a restlessness within us that can only be satisfied when we rest in the presence of God. – AW Tozier

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: Germany

Germany is strategically placed in the center of Europe.  The post WWII recovery has become one of the world’s strongest economies.  With the inclusion of East Germany in the 1990’s, it led to high social security costs and a dip in the economy, but they are starting to recover.  Unemployment of over 3 million is still a concern, mostly in the east.

As a new post-war generation is taking over the leadership, Germany is starting to become more active in an international role.  Post 9/11 has also brought a greater interest in the Christian way as an alternative and counterbalance to Islam, and evangelicals are much more prominent now than before in media and politics.

Germany has many opportunities and challenges.  Strategically their location, wealth and influence are important in the EU and Europe.  Yet, the 1989 unification of the east and west remains a burden, especially spiritually and psychologically.  Mental illness is occurring in record numbers, including clinical depression.  Suicide is the second-largest killer of 15-29 year olds.

But there is much hope for the once-darkened Germany.  Pray that the hope and light of Jesus Christ will reach the people of Germany.  Jesus is the only true and lasting cure to our world’s problems.  He died for all.  He is available to all who seek Him.  This is why Jesus tells us He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6), for anyone who comes to Him will be saved (John 6:37).  No other religion or person promises that.

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.”