Pray for Our World: Estonia

Estonia is one of the most successful of the post-Soviet economies.  Movement to a free market capitalist society has increased economic growth and foreign investments.  They now have complete religious freedom, which is an open door for Christianity but also for religious error.  Marginal groups such as Mormon have a large influence there, and most Estonians have a very limited Christian faith.

Pray for missionaries and the right tools and resources for the people to have access to the truth and light of Jesus Christ.

Pray for Our World: Eritrea

Eritrea is a small country in the horn of Africa along the coast of the Red Sea.  War with neighboring Ethiopia, a Marxist government, and severe religious restrictions have kept the country very poor.  Literacy rate is 56%, and half the population lives on less than $1 per day.  All religious groups are banned from meeting and practicing their faith except for the four officially recognized religions: Sunni Islam, Eritrean Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Evangelical Lutheran.  Even then, there is much religious persecution and imprisonment.  Since 2002, almost all missionaries and foreign aid workers of all religions have been expelled.

These people need our prayers.  Pray that Christian aid and resources will be made available to the people.

Pray for Our World: Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic shares the eastern portion of an island with Haiti in the Caribbean.  They have had five hundred years of turmoil, from European colonization starting with Columbus, foreign disease that wiped out one million indigenous people, and the importation of slaves for the development of large sugar cane plantations.  Today there is much corruption, violent crime and promiscuity in the society, which makes it difficult for Christian involvement.  The Catholic church enjoys a privileged status from the Pope, while other denominations are still ostracized.

Missions are building in the Dominican Republic, particularly by the Assemblies of God.  Pray for the missionaries and Christian church as a whole.

Pray for Our World: Djibouti

Djibouti is a small country between Ethiopia and Somalia, and has possibly the hottest average temperatures on earth.  Lack of water, arable land and natural resources makes the country dependent on French aid and the American military base there.  Unemployment is 50-80% and is combined with an addictive qat consumption (an amphetamine-like plant that grows in the area).  Missions is difficult there due to the terrain and it is almost all Muslim.  The American military base is very strategic there and provides most of the employment.  Pray that the American and French aid to the country will meet both their physical and spiritual needs.

Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work. – Oswald Chambers

Pray for Our World: Denmark

Denmark is almost completely surrounded by the North Sea and Baltic Sea.  It has complete freedom of religion but the Lutheran Church is recognized as the national church and supported by the state.  It is mostly Christian Protestant with very few of Catholic or Islam faith which is unusual for a European country.  However, though professing Christians, few believe in a personal God and over half are considered agnostic or atheist.  Actual church attendance is around 2%.  The Lutheran Church has become ritualistic and dead.

Pray that the church will have a revival of hearts and that more missionaries and tools will be available to the people of Denmark.

Prayer succeeds when all else fails. Prayer has won great victories and has rescued, with notable triumph, God’s saints when every other hope is gone. – E.M. Bounds