Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa.  25-50% of the population fled the country following the economic and social meltdown, and scourge of disease.  Independent from Britain since 1965, it was followed by intense guerrilla warfare and government fraud and corruption.  The church has grown amidst these trials as a refuge and to help meet the many desperate physical and social needs of the people.  Pray for the strength of these churches, for desperately needed resources, and the healing of their country. ~~~ *** ~~~ This is the last country (alphabetically) in a year of prayer around the world.  This is the final image too.  If nothing else, I hope you remember this picture.  It is a real part […]
There are over 520 ethnic groups in Nigeria.  Crude oil and gas are the main exports.  Yet most of this income has been wasted on corrupt rulers and illegal business.  They have been independent from Britain since 1960.  Preferential treatment is given to Muslims in the north while Christians in the south are discriminated against.  Violent Islamist groups have persecuted Christians resulting in hundreds of churches burned and many Christians killed.  Since 1999 Muslims have imposed shari’a law in the northern states where Islam is the majority. Just looking at statistics alone, Muslim countries are far worse off economically and in human rights violations.  The evidence speaks for itself.  Where there are Christians, there is more aid, more help, more […]
Niger is in the middle of the Sahara Desert in Africa.  It is one of the world’s poorest nations and near the bottom of the Human Development Index.  Most people barely survive on agriculture and livestock.  Droughts and locust plagues have devastated the land.  There is religious freedom with very little restriction on missions, but tensions are high between Muslim and Christian groups.  Many churches have been planted with an emphasis on humanitarian aid.  Yet, Muslim groups put pressure on believers, despite the aid the Christians bring.  Many believers are illiterate and have little Bible teaching available, and become isolated.  Pray for their education, their humanitarian needs, and to find fellowship and encouragement among other believers.

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Sue McCusker is a writer, 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 passion is connecting technology with faith to produce good.