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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Pray for Every Nation: Brunei, Burkina, and Burundi

This series is based on the Radical Experiment by David Platt. You can find more information about my decision to join here. If you would like to participate, please let me know with a comment or email and feel free to grab the button on my sidebar. I hope this journey will enrich your prayer life as much as it does mine!

Brunei, a country slightly larger than the state of Delaware, has an approximate population of about 400,000, 65% of which follow the Islamic faith.

The Sultan has complete control over the people of Brunei, especially since he is one of the richest men in the world due to the oil industry. He provides his subjects with an array of perks, including free health care, which makes it harder for those to oppose him and his religion. Evangelism and conversion from Muslim to Christianity are strictly forbidden and some have even been arrested for sharing their faith. 

Burkina Faso is a little country located in northern Africa. Although half of the 16 million citizens are Muslim, poverty still remains as Burkina's number one issue. The country desperately needs aid and stable economic development that will create a self-sustaining nation, not a dependent one. 

Burundi, also located in Africa, currently has a professing born-again Christian as it's president. Hopefully, this answer to prayer will continue to influence current leadership decisions for the country. But decade-old conflicts still exist between various people groups, and violence throughout Burundi is quite common.

Please remember each of these countries in your prayer time this week. May God's work be seen throughout the nations of Brunei, Burkina Faso, and Burundi.


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