During the 40 days of Lent I’m committed to praying each day for Christians in the 40 countries where the cost of being a follower of Christ is highest. I invite you to do the same. The information on the prayer needs of each country comes from a combination of Open Doors, Barnabas Fund and Operation World.
Today we are Praying for Djibouti
A hot, dry, desert enclave between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, with possibly the hottest average temperatures of any country on earth. Djibouti, Africa’s third-smallest state, is a haven of calm in a stormy region. Western military presence, due to the strategic location, helps foster a climate of relative peace, safety and freedom. Pray that these present freedoms may not be eroded by the politics of the Horn of Africa nor by the Islamist voice that seeks to shape Djibouti according to its own set of values.
Challenge for Prayer
Serious social and economic problems continue to plague Djiboutians, notably widespread famine, extreme unemployment and the rising urban issues of human trafficking, prostitution and drug abuse. The French Protestant, Roman Catholic and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches represent the only active Christian witness recognized by the government. They sponsor various social projects, including work among refugees and the poor. Seventh-day Adventists run both an eye clinic and a dental-care clinic.
- For perseverance for isolated believers under pressure to return to Islam
- For the effective distribution of Bibles and Christian literature
- Ask God to bless Christian radio and satellite TV broadcasts in the French language.
- Pray for effective cooperation and unity among Christians.
- Pray for fruitful ministry amid abject poverty and human suffering.