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Africa prayer calendar 2018

Prayer need - January 2018

Let's pray for many labourers to be raised up by the Lord. God gave us the assurance of a harvest at the house church meeting at Mayoyo, so let's believe it. We will need many labourers - see Luke 10:2 

Jan 2018 - day by day:

Unrecognised and other countries

In addition to the countries already described, there are a number of Partially recognised and unrecognised states and Non-sovereign territories.

1. Somaliland - this is a northern, autonomous district of the Somali Republic which has declared itself a sovereign state but is not recognised as such by the international community. It has a population of 3.5 million and is wholly Islamic. The languages are Somali, Arabic and English.


2. Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic -) is a partially recognised state that claimed sovereignty in 1976 over the entire territory of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony. The SADR government controls about 20-25% of the territory it claims. It calls the territories under its control the Liberated Territories or the Free Zone. Morocco controls and administers the rest of the disputed territory and calls these lands its Southern Provinces. The SADR government considers the Moroccan-held territory to be occupied territory, while Morocco considers the much smaller SADR-held territory to be a buffer zone. It currently has no official recognition within the United Nations.

3. The Canary Islands. - A group of islands off the Atlantic coast of Africa 8 of which are inhabited by 2,100,000 people of which about 85% are Spanish and the remainder foreign nationals. They are an autonomous territory of Spain and are overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.

4. Ceuta, Melilla and Las Plazas de Soberania - are two cities and four other enclaves and islands along the Moroccan coastline which are Spanish autonomous territories and part of the European Union. 

5. Reunion Island and Mayotte - French administer islands to the west and east respectively of Madagascar.

6. Madeira - a group of islands 2000 kms west of the Straits of Gibraltar which are autonomous Portuguese territories with a population of around 270,000. Again, this are mainly Catholic.

All these territories tend to be forgotten but they are still full of people who need salvation through Jesus Christ. Pray for them and for the development of groups of true believers who will actively seek to make disciples.

Country: South Africa


Capitals--administrative, Pretoria; legislative, Cape Town; judicial, Bloemfontein.




Population:: 50.59 million. Composition--black 79.5%; white 9%; colored 9%; Asian (Indian) 2.5%.




People groups: 61




Languages: Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga (all official languages).




Religions: Christianity 75.3%,( Protestant 36.6% (Zionist Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%), Catholic 7.1%, other Christian 36%) Ethnic religions 13.7%, Islam 1.7%, Hindu 1.2%, Unknown 7.7%, Other small 0.4%




Government: Branches:


Executive--President Jacob Zuma (chief of state) elected to a 5-year term by the National Assembly.


Legislative-- Parliament consisting of 490 members in two chambers.


a. National Assembly (400 members) elected by a system of proportional representation.


b. National Council of Provinces consisting of 90 delegates (10 from each province) and 10 nonvoting delegates representing local government. 


Judicial--Constitutional Court interprets and decides constitutional issues;


Supreme Court of Appeal is the highest court for interpreting and deciding non-constitutional matters.




The ANC has been dominant since independence but has had problems with factions with various agendas.




Living conditions: Life expectancy: total population: 49.41 years, male: 50.34 years


female: 48.45 years (2012 est.)


There is 25% unemployment and 57% nationally live below the poverty line, although this varies considerably geographically. The gap between rich and poor is widening. currently there have been running battles between police and farm/horticultural workers' demanding a doubling of minimum wages to US$17.50 a day. Crime rate is very high in some areas. There is a culture of brutality and torture in some police forces. However, for people in the upper income bracket life is very good.




History: White settlement commenced in 1672 with Dutch, French Hugenot refugees, and Germans occupying Cape of Good Hope area, subjugating and displacing indigenous people. These Europeans became the Afrikaaners, Boers, who were later in conflict with the British settlers. They moved north and fought with the Zulus . The Boer Republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State were formed but the discovery of diamonds led to the Boers Wars in which the British prevailed, forming the Union of South Africa in 1910. The constitution kept all power in the hands of the whites and two years later the African National Congress formed to counter this. However, even stricter laws were passed until the apartheid laws brought complete separation of the black, coloured, white and Asian groups. This continued until 1993 and a year later Nelson Mandela was elected president.


The Truth and Reconciliation Commission did a great deal to heal wounds but bitterness still exists between people groups.




Pray for:




  • Government – President Zuma for wisdom and ability to lead the nation in paths of righteousness.

  • HIV/AIDS – for a greater awareness among all groups and a determination to reduce the infection rate. For government to make anti-Retroviral drugs available.

  • Poverty – for a major commitment to increase the standard of living for those living below the poverty line by job creation and education. Food prices rose 10% in the last 12 months.

  • Crime reduction – for a realization of the value of human life, for a turning from the pursuit of possessions to a return to traditional values of family, for employment opportunities that will reduce the need for crime.

  • Peace – for reconciliation and forgiveness, for commitment to finding peaceful solutions to tribal, cultural, political and ethnic differences.

  • Unity and cooperation between all groups making disciples and planting churches in South Africa.

  • For multiplication of New Testament house churches / discipleship groups that would be salt and light to this society - Rom 16:3-5

  • Bind the "strong men" – demonic powers that exercise Satan's authority in the world. Murder, strife, lawlessness and many more – all need to be bound in the matchless name of Jesus. Mat 12:28-29.

  • For the raising up of labourers for the harvest – Luke 10:2.

  • For the identification of men and women of peace who will receive the bearers of the Gospel of the Kingdom – Luke 10:5-7.

Country: Libya

Recent events (updated 30/4/2015)

BBC link:

Libya is now in a state of civil war, with IS attempting to gain control. 


  1. The Lord's deliverance for those under attack by IS
  2. Some sort of CPM/DMM reaching out in spite of war conditions.


Capital: Tripoli 1.095 million (2009)


Population: 5,613,380 (July 2012 est.)

note: includes 166,510 non-nationals


People groups: Berber and Arab 97%, other 3% (includes Greeks, Maltese, Italians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Turks, Indians, and Tunisians)


Languages: Arabic (official), Italian, English (all widely understood in the major cities); Berber (Nafusi, Ghadamis, Suknah, Awjilah, Tamasheq)


Religions: Sunni Muslim (official) 97%, other 3%

Other than the majority of Sunni Muslims, there are also small foreign communities of Christians. Coptic Orthodox Christianity, which is the Christian Church of Egypt, is the largest and most historical Christian denomination in Libya. There are over 60,000 Egyptian Copts in Libya, as they comprise over 1% of the population. There are an estimated 40,000 Roman Catholics in Libya who are served by two Bishops, one in Tripoli (serving the Italian community) and one in Benghazi (serving the Maltese community). There is also a small Anglican community, made up mostly of African immigrant workers in Tripoli; it is part of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt.

Libya was until recent times the home of one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world, dating back to at least 300 BC. In 1942 the Italian Fascist authorities set up forced labor camps south of Tripoli for the Jews, including Giado (about 3,000 Jews) and Gharyan, Jeren, and Tigrinna. In Giado some 500 Jews died of weakness, hunger, and disease. In 1942, Jews who were not in the concentration camps were heavily restricted in their economic activity and all men between 18 and 45 years were drafted for forced labor. In August 1942, Jews from Tripolitania were interned in a concentration camp at Sidi Azaz. In the three years after November 1945, more than 140 Jews were murdered, and hundreds more wounded, in a series of pogroms. By 1948, about 38,000 Jews remained in the country. Upon Libya's independence in 1951, most of the Jewish community emigrated.

Living Conditions: Infant mortality: total: 12.7 deaths/1,000 live births Life Expectancy: total population: 77.83 years (male: 75.5 years, female: 80.27 years (2012 est.) Literacy: total population: 89.2% (male: 95.6% female: 82.7% (2010 est.)


Government: Transitional

Branches: Executive: chief of state: President Muhammad al-MAQARYAF(since 10 August 2012)

head of government: Prime Minister Ali ZAYDAN (since 14 November 2012)

cabinet: new cabinet sworn in 14 November 2012

Legislative:National General Congress

Judicial: Not applicable


Italy had responsibility for Libya after the fall of the Ottoman empire until the 2nd World War. It was given Independence from the UN 1951 under King Idris who was overthrown in 1969 by Col. Gaddafi. An Islamic dictatorship followed with major human rights abuses recorded.

A civil war and NATO-led military intervention in 2011 resulted in the ousting and death of the country's former leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and the collapse of his 34-year-old Jamahiriya state. As a result, Libya is currently undergoing political reconstruction, and is governed under an interim constitution drawn up by the National Transitional Council (NTC). Elections to a General National Congress were held on 7 July 2012, and the NTC handed power to the newly elected assembly on 8 August. The assembly has the responsibility of forming a constituent assembly to draft a permanent constitution for Libya, which will then be put to a referendum.