Pray for Eritrea

Capital: Asmara Population: 5,223,994 Official language: Tigrinya. Tigre, Arabic and English are widely used. An arid desert plain along the Red Sea, Eritrea is bordered by Sudan, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Over 40% are Christian. Prayer Needs In  spite of severe persecution by the government (7th worst country in which to be a Christian; Thousands of…

Pray for Equatorial Guinea

Capital: Malabo Population: 693,385 Official language: Spanish, French A small enclave nestled between Cameroon and Gabon, Equatorial Guinea has a population of under 1 million. Prayer Needs About 90% of the people profess Christianity, but much of it is nominal. Thus there is a huge need for them to encounter the message of salvation through…

Pray for Egypt

Capital: Cairo Population: 84,474,427 Official language: Arabic Egypt is mostly desert; only 3% is arable land. Over 80% are Muslims, with under 15% professing the Christian faith. *Prayer Needs Pray for the kindling of spiritual hunger that will lead Egyptians to the Bread of life. Pray for revival in the Chruch and protection for believers….

Pray for Congo DRC

Capital: Kinshasa Population: 67,827,495 Official language: French. Trade languages Lingala/Bangala in north and northwest, Swahili in east and south, Tshiluba in centre and Kikongo/Tuba in west. *Prayer Needs Nominal Christians to find new life in Christ. Nominalism is a major problem. Large numbers have no clear grasp of repentance and faith in Christ nor of salvation…

Grace in trial

According to Hebrews 12:3-11, trial and affliction are a part of the Christian life. Christ faced them, and every believer experiences them as a ‘sign’ of sonship. Here is a little prayer I wrote while reflecting on this truth early this morning. Lord, thank you for affirming, through my suffering, that I am your son;…

Our persecuted Northern Nigerian brethren

Living in the relatively calm southern part of Nigeria often makes us oblivious to the terrible suffering and persecution faced by fellow Christians just to the north of the country. Hostility, starvation, rape, and forced conversions are the fare of so many. And yet we often do nothing. My friend, Pastor Femi Osunnuyi, recently brought…

Praying in the Name of Christ, by Thomas Boston

For many of us, it is something of a tradition to close our prayers with ‘In Jesus name’. But what really does it mean? And what exactly are we doing when we make our petitions or thanksgiving in the name of Jesus Christ? The post below was a sermon by Thomas Boston (1676-1732), who was…

A Call to Prayer, by J.C.Ryle

This is an extract from a sermon by J.C.Ryle (1816 – 1900), a nineteenth-century preacher and Anglican bishop of the city of Liverpool. I ask again whether you pray, because a habit of prayer is one of the surest marks of a true Christian. All the children of God on earth are alike in this…

In Focus: Syria

        The violence keeps worsening and neither side is giving up. So many lives lost, yet no end to the strife. The crisis in Syria has been on for several months now and the whole world seems unable to resolve it. The United Nations peace efforts have been repeatedly ignored. And the…

In Focus: Bahrain

      Name: Kingdom of Bahrain Area: 691 sq km A group of one larger and 32 smaller barren islands in the Arabian Gulf, between the Qatar peninsula and Saudi Arabian mainland – linked to the latter by a causeway. Population: 807,131    Annual Growth: 2.10% Capital: Manama Urbanites: 88.6% HDI Rank: 39 of 182 (UN…