- Pray for spiritual breakthroughs among the Muslim majority.
- Pray for the small body of believers to boldly live out their faith in a way that draws Muslims to Christ.
- Pray for indigenous churches to be planted among many unreached people groups.
- Pray for increasing numbers of dynamic and well-prepared evangelists, pastors and Christian leaders.
- Pray for ministry among the 30,000 street children in Dakar and 400,000 children at risk generally
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Largest Religion: Muslim
Bible translation. Much has been achieved in the last 25 years. At least seven long-awaited NTs are published, namely Wolof, Serer, Mandinka, Tukulor, Fulakunda, Jola Kasa, and Bassari. Work is underway on 17 other translations, with several teams being led by Senegalese. Pray for the Scripture translation teams, and for widespread distribution of and response to the Scriptures.
- Dakar the capital is the most strategic location for evangelizing the entire country. Pray for this city to become a source of gospel light for the whole country.
- Mission activity in Senegal is changing significantly. Increasingly, workers and agencies arrive from Latin America and Africa to join the work of older and established missions.
- Evangelical believers are few. Their growth rate is slow, and only among the Serer, Bassari, Balanta, and Jola.
Praypoints for Senegal
President: Macky Sall
Land area: 196,722 sq km
Mainland Africa’s most westerly state: arid, with few natural resources.
Official language: French: Language of wider communication, Wolof; spoken as a first language by around 40% of the population
Senegal is an atypical African country that defies most people’s expectations. Home to at least twelve diverse ethnic groups and one of the most stable democracies in Africa, the nation has fostered a reputation of mediation, tolerance, and acceptance. This is rare for most of the African continent. The capital, Dakar, sits on the westernmost point of Africa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, which feeds both its fishing and tourist economies.
With a mostly agricultural economy, Senegal has been devastated by droughts, and as these dry periods push citizens from rural to urban settings, social issues such as alcoholism and drug use have permeated the population. Though the tradition is slowly dying away, the practice of genital mutilation is still performed in spite of government reform.
Also, the nation is plagued by multiple health problems, including intestinal and parasitic infections and sexually transmitted diseases. Due to the lack of sanitation, medical personnel, and adequate medications, many of these preventable diseases result in death. A growing practice of sending children to live in schools that, in turn, disperse the children to the streets to beg for money and food has resulted in a malnourished, uneducated, and forgotten generation.
Due to the level of religious freedom, a source of pride for the Senegalese, Christians are able to worship freely and evangelize. The New Testament has recently been translated into seven languages and seventeen other translations are in the works. Though ninety percent of the population claims the Islamic faith, Christianity is starting to take hold as hearts remain open in the Senegalese people. God is at work in the nation and He is moving mightily.
Religion of Senegal
Largest Religion: Christian
The Roman Catholic and Reformed Church are recognized as state churches by the Austrian constitution. Three-quarters of the population are Roman Catholic, but only nine percent of the people attend church.
The number of Austrians estimated to have involvement with the occult outnumbers church attendees, and about ten percent of the population claims to have no religion at all. Rates of suicide, abortion, and alcoholism indicate the great need for spiritual foundations.
Most churches have between 50-100 attendees and are led by missionaries from Germany and Switzerland or lay leaders.
Austria’s longstanding Catholic culture is in serious decline. Record numbers leave the Church each year. Annual membership loss accelerated through the 1990s and 2000s to around 1% per year, a trend showing no sign of changing. The church tax (1% taxable income) and prominent sex scandals among the clergy both contribute to breaks from the church. Seeking God outside the confines of Catholicism is little understood at present. Pray fervently for the growing renewal movement in the Catholic Church.
- Almost all church growth occurs within the evangelical/charismatic churches. Pentecostal churches nearly doubled between 2000-2010.
- Pastors for the multiplying congregations are a great need. Locating, training then supporting leaders is a challenge.
- Austria needs more full-time workers. More Austrians are serving God outside than inside.
- Young people are more open to the gospel than the previous generation – churches are poorly equipped for effective youth ministry.
- Pray for Austrians to recognize their spiritual emptiness and to be drawn by the Holy Spirit into a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Pray for Bible-believing pastors to be located, trained, and adequately supported.
- Pray for a renewal movement among the churches in Austria, most of which are experiencing a grave decline.
- Pray for the ministries of IFES, CCCI, and Navigators on the campuses of Austria.
Austria is one of the 14 richest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita, has a well-developed social market economy, and a high standard of living.
Main industries: construction, machinery, vehicles and parts, tourism.
Federal President: Alexander van der Bellen Economy
Land area: 83,855 sq km
Landlocked. The Alps in the south and west; flat plains along the Danube River in the east.
Major People Groups: Germanic 91.1%, Balkan 3.1%, Other European 1.7%, other 4.1%
Official language: German
Located in the heart of Europe, Austria has a long, rich history in music, art, and culture. The names of Mozart, Schubert, Freud, Wittgenstein, and Klimt are known internationally for their accomplishments. The beautiful scenery of the Eastern Alps and Danube River Valley in Austria attracts tourists from all over the world.
As a gateway and centre for trading between Eastern and Western Europe, Austria has always had a policy for neutrality. It enjoys a prosperous economy and a high standard of living.
But even with a modern mindset and a focus on human rights, the Austrian people live with high suicide, alcoholism and abortion rates.
The Roman Catholic and Reformed Church are recognized as state churches by the Austrian constitution. Legislation in 1998 restricted religious freedoms in Austria. This impacted the smaller, but growing evangelical churches. Three-quarters of the population are Roman Catholic, but only nine percent of the people attend church. That number decreased further after news of sex scandals within the Catholic Church.
Thailand is an emerging economy and is considered a newly industrialised country. Thailand is the 2nd largest economy in Southeast Asia after Indonesia.
Thailand functions as an anchor economy for the neighbouring developing economies of Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia. In the third quarter of 2017, the unemployment rate in Thailand stood at 1.2%.
Structures of sin and vice continue to prosper, despite increasing efforts to combat them. Corruption allows unscrupulous men – in business, politics, the military and police – to enrich themselves while oppressing others. The moral blights of the sex trade, drug networks, crime syndicates and ecological degradation will remain as long as they are profitable and tolerated. Pray for the breaking of these structures of sin by God’s power.
Christian help ministries are well developed in Thailand and bearing fruit.
Pray for Thailand