Pray for Our World: Sri Lanka

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka is a large island 80 km southwest of India. They gained their independence from Britain in 1948, and were engaged in civil war up until 2009. Buddhism is the national religion, and is protected and promoted. Christianity is perceived as foreign, and evangelism as an unethical way of conversion. Missionaries have all but ended due to restriction of visas. Christian literature is in great demand. Literacy is high but affordable quality literature that is culturally relevant is lacking. Christian radio and the Jesus film are available. Pray that the people will receive the literature and resources they need to learn about Jesus Christ for themselves.

Pray for Our World: Spain

Spain includes the major part of the Iberian peninsula and Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, and the Canary Islands off northwest Africa, and the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the North African coast. An estimated 5.6 million immigrants live in Span including 3 million non-registered people, mainly from North Africa and Latin America.

Spain’s tumultuous past shapes its present. The Muslim Moorish occupation lasted 700 years until 1492. The next three centuries of the worldwide Spanish empire was some of the mightiest economic power, followed by instability, civil wars and dictatorships of the 19th and 20th centuries. Spain is one of the world’s heaviest users of cocaine, heroin and marijuana, with most being young people. Gambling addiction is also high, with an estimated 15% of household income spent on betting.

Catholicism was the state religion for a long time, and non-Catholics were subject to discrimination and persecution. Today, Spain is moving from a traditional Catholic society to a secular-dominated and multi-religious society. The Catholic church is in crisis, and the country has never experienced a national revival. There is still discrimination against evangelicals in radio, tv and distribution. But evangelicals are growing and there is a considerable increase in missionaries in the last 30 years. Pray that spiritual revival will come, and the necessary resources will be made available to the people of Spain.

Pray for Our World: Slovenia

Slovenia, which borders on Italy, has a long history starting in 5th century BC. The Roman Empire ruled for almost 1000 years, then under Habsburg rule for hundreds of years, and finally as part of Yugoslavia until the recent breakdown of Communism, in which the country has now been independent since 1991. There is a strong Christian heritage that goes alone with much of that history, but today, its churches suffer from spiritual apathy.

Christian resources are in short supply, underfunded, and the Christians remain divided. Pray for unity and resources to help staff the churches and revitalize their Christian heritage.

Pray for Our World: Slovakia

Romani house church

Slovakia is surrounded by Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria and Czech Republic. They have gained significant growth and improvements since post-Communism. Slovakia has a strong Christian heritage, but most churches are suffering from low attendance, like many other places in the world.

The Romani, or gypsies, are some of the least-reached and misunderstood people in Slovakia. They have low education and high poverty, yet they are the most responsive people to the gospel in all of Central and Eastern Europe. There have been persistent efforts to reach them, and to overcome the stereotypes and barriers, and it has been encouraging. Jesus came for people just like them – the poor, the marginalized, and all of those in need. Pray that they will continue to be receptive to the message of Jesus Christ, who died for them and all who seek.

Pray for Our World: Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone is a small coastal state in central western Africa. It is rich in natural resources – diamonds, gold, titanium, iron ore, cocoa and coffee. It was founded as a home for freed slaves in 1797, and has been independent from Britain since 1961. Anarchy from militant and guerilla groups in the 1990’s caused the economy to collapse and it became possibly the most desperate country on earth. Since 2002, It has been slowly trying to rebuild.

Sierra Leone was the first West African country to be evangelized. The first Protestant church started in Freetown, among the freed slaves in 1785. However, it has been difficult for the country to overcome its occult influence and darkness of evil spirits. There is an urgency among the people there now. The country is quickly becoming Islamized. Pray that they will receive more Christian support in missions, leadership and Bible translations.