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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
Anguilla is a British Dependency in the Caribbean. With only 91 square miles, it is just a dot on the map. It is a remnant of a bygone era as a little colonial outpost. Here is a statement from their government website regarding the recent tragedy of Hurricane Irma. They genuinely seem to be very humble and grateful people. May we all remember those who are less fortunate, that we are all beautiful people created by God, and may we all be so humbled and helpful to our neighbors. The Government of Anguilla is grateful for all the good will […]
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Sue McCusker is a writer, Bible teacher, and web developer who loves to share the stories of life, hope, and faith 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.