- For believers to deal biblically with extreme poverty issues.
- For the occult power to be broken.
- For the indigenous church to continue to grow.
- For the church of Burkina Faso to develop a mission vision.
- For wisdom for Christian leaders responsible for aid and money.
- For the hearts of both Muslims and fetishists to be opened to God’s Word.
Western Africa, North of Ghana
19 173 322 (2017 est.)
Other/no answer 0.2%
None 0.9% (2010 est.)
2 156 498 (2017)
77% (2004 est.)
Received 1 000
LEAST REACHED PEOPLE GROUPS
Population of the city:
1 086 505
5.87% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Major religion in the city:
Father, we pray for believers of Burkina Faso to deal biblically with extreme poverty issues and to overcome a dependence mentality. We also pray for the occult power to be broken and made decisively subordinate to the name of Jesus.
We pray, Lord Jesus, for the indigenous church to continue to grow both in influence and as a missions-sending body. We ask that You will inspire the church of Burkina Faso to develop a mission vision. Lord, please stir a strong grassroots movement that places missions at the top of church agendas.
Father, we pray for wisdom for Christian leaders responsible for aid and money. Please help them in the area of administration and guard them against temptations in handling large amounts of aid and money.
We also pray for the hearts of both Muslims and fetishists to be opened to God’s Word. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.
State of the Church
With recent strong church growth in some areas. Some Muslim groups are responding to the Gospel but idolatry, fetishism, and secret societies continue to dominate daily life for many.
Improvements in education have caused restlessness and frustration among the youth. Churches struggle to provide appealing programs for children and youth. Many young people leave home for the city, where it is reported that many of them convert to Islam within a few months. (www.sim.org)
Burkina Faso means “land of honest men”.
This country is a former French colony which gained its independence in 1960, since then we have seen the military intervening on several occasions.
Burkina Faso is rich in natural resources such as gold, phosphate, and marble, but its biggest export product is cotton.
Despite the abundance of natural resources, they are still considered one of the poorest countries in Africa. About 80% of the total population lives below the poverty line, according to “Africa and the world”. To add to it all droughts and desertification have severe effects, affecting their agriculture.
Corruption levels remain high which was one of the reasons that caused the 2014 uprising where we saw the people oust the long-term leader, Pres. Blaise Compaore. Pres. Marc Kabore was then voted in, in 2015. Burkina Faso has a number of Islamist extremist groups who acts against western interests.
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