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Posted: April 4, 2018

There are no true disciple-making movements in North America right now. That statement may come as a surprise, but it is the conclusion of most (if not all) missions experts…. Read More

Prayer Points: Republic of Ghana

Posted: July 31, 2013

This west African nation (population 24 million) is sandwiched between the Ivory Coast (to the west) and Togo (to the east). Next to the small nation of Togo is the… Read More

Prayer Points: Republic of Singapore

Posted: July 31, 2013

This city-state, located one degree above the equator and immediately below the tip of the Malayan peninsula, is one of the most successful economies in the world, having moved from… Read More

Prayer Points: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Posted: July 31, 2013

Today Vietnam has 89 million inhabitants, primarily Vietnamese (87%), followed by Thai-Dai (5%) and Mon-Khmer (4%) and several other ethnic groups. This is one of the last bastions of Communism… Read More

Prayer Points: Norway

Posted: July 31, 2013

The Kingdom of Norway is smaller than its neighbor Sweden, and with half the population (4.5 million). A stunningly beautiful land, Norway also enjoys a relatively high per capita GDP… Read More

Prayer Points: CANADA

Posted: July 31, 2013

The world’s second largest country covers nearly 10 million square km. Population 33 million. There is a wide diversity of mountains, prairie grasslands and forests but much is sparsely populated… Read More

Prayer Points: ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT

Posted: July 31, 2013

Egypt, almost exactly one million square kilometers, is famous for its ancient history (Pharaohs, Sphinx, pyramids…), striking geography (desert, the Nile and its delta, Sinai, the Suez Canal connecting the… Read More

Prayer Points: Republic of Paraguay

Posted: July 31, 2013

Paraguay, the South American nation which gained independence from Spain in 1811, suffered terribly through wars with surrounding nations in 1864-70 and 1932-35. As a result, men are greatly outnumbered… Read More

Prayer Points: United Arab Emirates

Posted: July 31, 2013

This Middle Eastern nation, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia, consists of seven emirates known as the Trucial States. Each is led by an emir. They are: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai,… Read More

Prayer Points: Honduras

Posted: July 31, 2013

Honduras was originally a Mayan culture before being colonized by the Spaniards in the 1500s. (Columbus reached this land in 1502.) Honduras borders Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Population is… Read More

Prayer Points: KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND

Posted: September 17, 2012

The kingdom of Swaziland is one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies. Situated between Mozambique and South Africa, it is a land of 1.2 million people where 97% are… Read More

Prayer Points: Pakistan

Posted: April 16, 2012

The nation of Pakistan lies in an area in which the Indus Valley civilization developed some 5000 years ago. Today its neighbors include India to the east, China to the… Read More

Prayer Points: NIGER

Posted: January 14, 2007

The Republic of Niger is largely desert — the Sahara! There is, however, savannah along the southern (Nigerian) border and in the southwest of the country. Geography, locust attacks, the… Read More

Prayer Points: GUADELOUPE

Posted: October 29, 2006

The Department of Guadeloupe, like that of French Guiana, is not technically speaking a nation, but a dependency of France. It had been a colony of France since 1635, and… Read More

Prayer Points: GRENADA

Posted: October 22, 2006

Grenada is an island nation of about 90,000. The capital, St. George’s, has about 27,000 inhabitants. This is the island that the United States famously invaded. The French ruled from… Read More

Prayer Points: FRENCH GUIANA

Posted: October 15, 2006

The Department of French Guiana, as it is known, is one of the lands of South America, on the Atlantic coast between Suriname and Brazil. It cannot properly be called… Read More

Prayer Points: FIJI

Posted: October 8, 2006

The Sovereign Democratic Republic of Fiji consists of 112 islands in the western South Pacific. Suva (200,000) is the capital city of this nation of nearly a million. The islands… Read More

Prayer Points: ETHIOPIA

Posted: October 1, 2006

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is a nation of 85 million persons, with a median age of 16.8 years – the effects of war and famine over many decades…. Read More

Prayer Points: SURINAME

Posted: September 24, 2006

Suriname, today’s prayer country, is one of the smaller nations in the Americas. It used to be called Dutch Guyana (Nederlands Guiana). Sometimes it is also called Sranang. Suriname lies… Read More

Prayer Points: SENEGAL

Posted: September 17, 2006

The West African nation of Senegal borders Mauritania, Mali, Guinea-Bissau, and the Gambia (which is surrounds), as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Its geographical coordinates are 14 degrees N latitude,… Read More

Prayer Points: GAMBIA

Posted: September 10, 2006

The Gambia, as the nation is known, lies within the West African nation of Senegal, as well as bordering the Atlantic Ocean. So unusual are its borders, it is worth… Read More

Prayer Points: THE REPUBLIC OF GUINEA

Posted: September 3, 2006

It was my pleasure to visit this nation just few years ago. (You will find some pictures in the Photo Gallery.) Guinea is a very poor West African nation, bordering Senegal,… Read More

Prayer Points: KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA

Posted: August 27, 2006

This wealthy nation possesses up to 25% of the world’s oil reserves, and enjoys long life expectancy (76 years on average). It is also well located among the Middle Eastern… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

Posted: August 20, 2006

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim nation. 80% of Indonesians follow Islam. With a population of nearly 250 million, that makes 200,000 Muslims. 15% of the nation claims to be… Read More

Prayer Points: STATE OF ERITREA

Posted: August 13, 2006

Eritrea lies between Ethiopia and the Sudan, and across the Red Sea from Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Population is about 4.8 million, with the capital, Asmara, around half a million…. Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

Posted: August 6, 2006

This landlocked nation of two million is bordered by Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Albania. The capital is Skopje (700,000). The nation is slightly larger than the US state of Vermont…. Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF LEBANON

Posted: July 30, 2006

Lebanon is a small (10,230 sq km, or nearly 4000 sq mi) but proud and ancient land, bordering Syria, Israel, and the Mediterranean Sea. In ancient times, this was the… Read More

Prayer Points: GABONESE REPUBLIC

Posted: July 23, 2006

Gabon, a nation of 1.4 million people and nearly 80% tropical rain forest, lies on the equator. (It shares this distinction with 12 other countries: in Africa, São Tomé and… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Posted: July 16, 2006

Equatorial Guinea, despite its name, is not bisected by the equator. This nation lies north of the equator, between Cameroon and Gabon, thus lying squarely in the northern hemisphere. It… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF PANAMA

Posted: July 9, 2006

This famous republic is bisected by its illustrious water feature, the Panama Canal. Hear some of Panama’s history (adapted from the 2003 edition of Operation World, 506): ‘With US backing,… Read More

Prayer Points: KINGDOM OF NEPAL

Posted: July 2, 2006

This exotic Hindu kingdom, the only Hindu kingdom in the world, boasts 8 of the planet’s 10 highest mountain peaks. Population is 27 million, with 1.5 million in the capital… Read More

Prayer Points: IRAQ

Posted: July 2, 2006

Please take a moment today to pray for the nation of Iraq. Population: 23 million. Though there is a Christian minority in this war-torn nation, the overwhelming majority of its… Read More

Prayer Points: SLOVAKIA

Posted: June 25, 2006

This central European state used to be the eastern 40% of Czechoslovakia, until its separation in 1993. It borders five nations: Poland, the Ukraine, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic…. Read More

Prayer Points: SWISS CONFEDERATION

Posted: June 18, 2006

Surely Switzerland is one of the most stunningly beautiful nations on earth. My wife and I took our honeymoon there, just a short flight from our home in Britain. I… Read More

Prayer Points: PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC

Posted: June 11, 2006

Portugal, which consists of part of the Iberian Peninsula (bordering Spain) and the islands of the Azores and Maderia, has a population of 10 million. Lisbon (2.8m) is the capital… Read More

Prayer Points: UNITED MEXICAN STATES

Posted: June 4, 2006

Mexico (Los Estados Unidos de Mexico), with a population of 105 million, is the world’s largest Spanish speaking nation. The capital city, a gargantuan conurbation, is Mexico City (23 million)…. Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF HAITI

Posted: May 28, 2006

Haiti is the western third of the island of Hispaniola, population 9 million, bordering the Dominican Republic. The capital city is Port-au-Prince (1.7 million). As for language, French is the… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF MOZAMBIQUE

Posted: May 21, 2006

Mozambique lies in southeastern Africa, and borders (moving clockwise) South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. Due east of Mozambique is the island of Madagascar, as… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF FRANCE

Posted: May 14, 2006

France, western Europe’s largest nation, borders seven other countries: Spain, Andorra, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. Population is 60 million. Major cities include Paris (11m), Marseille (1.5m), Lyon (1.3m),… Read More

Prayer Points: KINGDOM OF SPAIN

Posted: May 7, 2006

Spain borders on Portugal, with which it shares the Iberian Peninsula, France, and Andorra. And yet Spain’s territory also includes the Balearic Islands (Mediterranean), the Canary Islands (off the African… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA

Posted: April 30, 2006

Moldova, sometimes called Moldavia, is a nation landlocked between Romania and the Ukraine, and a former Soviet Socialist Republic. The capital city is Chisinau, population 850,000, while national population is… Read More

Prayer Points: LIBYA

Posted: April 23, 2006

The Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, the long name of the nation, is mainly desert. And yet the Lord has a way of making things bloom in the desert, doesn’t… Read More

Prayer Points: EL SALVADOR

Posted: April 16, 2006

The Republic of El Salvador, population 7 million, lies on the Pacific coast of Central America, south of and bordering on Guatemala and Honduras. Seven million inhabit this small Latin… Read More

Prayer Points: ECUADOR

Posted: April 9, 2006

The Republic of Ecuador is named after its geographical location. (Ecuador is Spanish for equator.) It includes four colorful and distinctive regions: the Amazon, the coastal plain, the Andean sierra,… Read More

Prayer Points: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Posted: April 2, 2006

This nation is the larger part of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. (Haiti is on the west, the Dominican Republic on the east of the island.)… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF LITHUANIA

Posted: March 26, 2006

Bordering on Russia, Poland, Latvia and Belarus, this nation of over 3.5 million is 76% Christianized. 68% are Catholic, of whom only one in seven attends church weekly. The capital… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF LATVIA

Posted: March 19, 2006

Latvia, like Estonia and Lithuania is a Baltic State and former Soviet republic. Latvia borders Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, and Russia. Population is a little over 2 million, with over 800,000… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA

Posted: March 12, 2006

Estonia is one of the Baltic States, and borders Latvia and Russia. Tallinn (440,000) is the capital city of this nation of 1.3 million. If you are unfamiliar with the… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA

Posted: February 28, 2006

The arid nation of Namibia, in southwest Africa, borders Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa. Population is under 2 million. The capital city is Windhoek (250,000). It is the… Read More

Prayer Points: TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

Posted: February 25, 2006

The Turks and Caicos Islands are an archipelago of 30 coral islands, and is located at southeastern end of the Bahamas. The population is 20,000. Cockburn Town (5000) is the… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

Posted: February 25, 2006

Slovenia is an alpine state connecting Austria and Italy, and also borders Hungary and Croatia. Population is just under 2 million, and the capital city of Ljubljana has some 275,000… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF TAIWAN

Posted: February 25, 2006

From 1895 until the end of WW II, Taiwan was under Japanese rule, then reverting to China. In 1949, Communist forces drove the Nationalists off the mainland to the island… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Posted: February 25, 2006

This small nation, consisting of two islands off the Venezuelan coast, became independent from Great Britain in 1962. It was first colonized by the Spanish before the British assumed control… Read More

Prayer Points: CYPRUS AND THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS

Posted: February 25, 2006

Cyprus received independence from Britain in 1960. Mounting ethnic tensions led to the Turkish invasion of 1974. Cyprus is now divided into ethnic Greek Cypriot (south) and Turkish Cypriot (north)… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF CHILE

Posted: February 25, 2006

In 2003 I was flying through South America and was routed through Santiago. Now, I do not consider an airport layover a real ‘visit’ to a country, but I was… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF LIBERIA

Posted: February 25, 2006

This West African nation borders Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Cote d’Ivoire (the Ivory Coast). Land area is almost exactly 100,000 sq km, and national population is 4 million, over a… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN

Posted: February 25, 2006

This central Asian nation, population 26 million, touches Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and the Aral Sea. The major city is Tashkent (2.5 million). I still remember a surprise layover… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF CUBA

Posted: February 25, 2006

The communist republic of 11 million souls is the largest island in the Caribbean, lying only 90 miles off the tip of Florida. (Recently I flew over it — north… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF CHAD

Posted: February 25, 2006

This largely desert nation is surrounded by Niger, Libya, the Sudan, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, and Nigeria. I’ve often flown over Chad, though never visited. Perhaps in the future… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN

Posted: February 25, 2006

The central Asian Republic of Kazakhstan is surrounded by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and the Aral and Caspian Seas. Historically speaking, it is extremely well strategically located, though the… Read More

Prayer Points: UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Posted: February 25, 2006

This Middle Eastern nation, bordering Oman and Saudi Arabia, consists of seven emirates known as the Trucial States. Each is led by an emir. They are: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai,… Read More

Prayer Points: RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Posted: February 25, 2006

Even after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia is still the world’s largest nation. It stretches from the Baltic to the Pacific (11 time zones!), and with… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE

Posted: February 25, 2006

Zimbabwe, surrounded by South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Mozambique, is a nation of 14 million souls. Chief cities are Harare (the capital, population 2.4 million), Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, and… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI

Posted: February 25, 2006

Bordering Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and the Gulf of Aden (off the Indian Ocean), this tiny desert enclave on the Horn of Africa is only 23,000 sq km in size! Average… Read More

Prayer Points: BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA

Posted: February 25, 2006

Venezuela, population 26 million, is a South American nation bordering Colombia (of which it used to be a part), Brazil, Guyana, and the Caribbean. The capital city of Caracas has… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF C

Posted: February 25, 2006

The Ivory Coast, as this nation is better known in the English speaking world, is a west African nation bordering Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana. It achieved independence… Read More

Prayer Points: CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Posted: February 25, 2006

The landlocked Central African Republic (or République Centrafricaine, its official name) borders Cameroon, Chad, the Sudan, the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). 4 million persons… Read More

Prayer Points: MALAYSIA

Posted: February 25, 2006

This fast developing Asian nation of 24 million souls is located in two portions: Malaya, on the Malayan Peninsula, just south of Thailand and north of Singapore, and East Malaysia… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF TURKEY

Posted: February 25, 2006

The fascinating Republic of Turkey straddles two continents. 97% of the nation (Anatolia) is in Asia, while west of the Bosphorus (connecting the Mediterranean to the Black Sea), 3% of… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF COSTA RICA

Posted: February 25, 2006

With Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the south, Costa Rica is a rich agricultural land. San José is the capital (1 million) in a nation fast approaching a… Read More

Prayer Points: CAYMAN ISLANDS

Posted: February 25, 2006

Three coral islands south of Cuba, this is a dependent territory of Great Britain. Population is a little over 40,000, among whom some 60% are Afro-Caribbean. The Cayman Islands boast… Read More

Prayer Points: WESTERN SAHARA

Posted: February 25, 2006

This desert nation bordering Morocco, Algeria, and Mauritania is controlled by Morocco who took possession when Spanish rule (Spanish Sahara) came to an end in 1975. Morocco currently claims and… Read More

Prayer Points: KYRGYZ REPUBLIC

Posted: February 25, 2006

The Kyrgyz Republic, better known as Kyrgyzstan, is a Central Asian country bordering China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. Population is about 5 million, with nearly a million in the capital… Read More

Prayer Points: JAMAICA

Posted: February 25, 2006

Jamaica is the 3rd largest Caribbean island, at about 11,000 sq. km and a population of 2.7 million, 900,000 of whom reside in Kingston. (The local church has 400 members,… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF CAPE VERDE

Posted: February 25, 2006

The Republic of Cape Verde consists of 15 small islands off the west coast of Africa. The official language is Portuguese, although Portuguese Creole is also spoken. Population is nearing… Read More

Prayer Points: MONGOLIA

Posted: February 25, 2006

The official name of the exotic country is ‘Mongolia Uls.’ As Operation World (2003 ed.) plainly puts it, ‘Grassland, forests in north, three major mountain ranges and the great Gobi… Read More

Prayer Points: STATE OF KUWAIT

Posted: February 25, 2006

Kuwait borders Saudi Arabia, the Persian Gulf, and of course Iraq, which invaded it in 1990. Its almost three million citizens are primarily foreign Arabs (25%) and Kuwaitis (37%), with nearly a… Read More

Prayer Points: COOK ISLANDS

Posted: February 25, 2006

These islands, lying in the southern Pacific Ocean, are a self-governing democracy in free association with New Zealand. (Similar New Zealand-related island governments include Niue, Tokelau, and Pitcairn.) The Cook… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON

Posted: February 25, 2006

Cameroon, one of the many nations in West Africa, borders Nigeria, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, the Congo, and the Central African Republic. The western part of the nation is English… Read More

Prayer Points: STATE OF QATAR

Posted: February 25, 2006

Qatar, a peninsula jutting from the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf, between Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates and across the gulf from Iran, is a… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA)

Posted: February 25, 2006

Korea, the 11th largest economy in the world, is a nation of 48 million souls. Seoul (10m) is the capital, while other major cities include Pusan (4m), Inchon (3m), and… Read More

Prayer Points: DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Posted: February 25, 2006

Last week we focused on Congo; this week we focus on the former Zaire, nowadays called the Democratic Republic of Congo. This huge land contains much of the central African rainforest…. Read More

Prayer Points: UNION OF MYANMAR (BURMA)

Posted: February 25, 2006

This predominantly Buddhist nation (five out of six Burmese worship Buddha), nearing 50 million in population, is bordered by India, China, and Thailand. Annual per capita income is reported to… Read More

Prayer Points: KINGDOM OF THAILAND

Posted: February 25, 2006

Thailand (old Siam) borders on Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), and Cambodia. The population is about 64 million. The capital city, which is also the largest urban center, is Bangkok (10… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF KENYA

Posted: February 25, 2006

This east African nation of 33 million souls, well known for its world class athletes and remarkable wildlife, borders Somalia, Ethiopia, the Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Indian Ocean. Nairobi… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Posted: February 25, 2006

Congo, population 3 million, is not the same nation as the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), though it does border its larger southern neighbor. Other neighbors include Gabon,… Read More

Prayer Points: TIMOR LOROSAE (EAST TIMOR)

Posted: February 25, 2006

East Timor is one of the newest nations in the world. This nation has been independent only since 2001. It was ruled by the Portuguese from 1511 to 1974, after… Read More

Prayer Points: SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO

Posted: February 25, 2006

The nation includes two republics, Serbia, the larger by far, and Montenegro. The local name of the nation is Srbija I Crna Gora. (Serbia includes Vojvodina and Kosovo.) The former… Read More

Prayer Points: COMORO ISLANDS (FEDERAL ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF THE COMORES)

Posted: February 25, 2006

This nation consists of four volcanic islands between Mozambique and Madagascar, off the southeast coast of Africa and south of the Seychelles. The capital city of this nation of 700,000… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF PERU

Posted: February 25, 2006

The South American nation of Peru borders Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and the Pacific Ocean. Population is about 28 million. The major cities are Iquitos (275,000), Trujillo (530,000), Arequipa (655,000),… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA

Posted: February 25, 2006

The southern African nation of Zambia is surrounded by Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. 10 million citizens live in… Read More

Prayer Points: SOMALIA

Posted: February 25, 2006

Soomaaliya, to use the official spelling, covers the arid Horn of Africa (east of Ethiopia and Kenya). 13 million live in this war-torn nation, nearly a million of whom reside… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF PARAGUAY

Posted: February 25, 2006

Paraguay, the South American nation which gained independence from Spain in 1811, suffered terribly through wars with surrounding nations in 1864-70 and 1932-35. Paraguay is surrounded by Argentina, Bolivia, and… Read More

Prayer Points: TOGOLESE REPUBLIC

Posted: February 25, 2006

The nation of Togo, barely bordering the Atlantic and wedged between Ghana on the west and Benin on the east (with Burkina Faso to the north), has just over 6… Read More

Prayer Points: DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF KOREA (NORTH KOREA)

Posted: February 25, 2006

25 million North Koreans languish under the oppressive hand of the notorious police state. For example, since the end of the Korean War (1950-53), it is estimated that some 300,000… Read More

Prayer Points: TURKMENISTAN

Posted: February 25, 2006

Turkmenistan is surrounded, clockwise, by the Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. 5 million citizens, 1million of whom live in the capital city of Ashgabat inhabit this arid… Read More

Prayer Points: GEORGIA (SAK’ART’VELO)

Posted: February 25, 2006

The Black Sea state of Georgia (not to be confused with the U.S. state in which I reside!) is officially called Sak’art’velo. A former S.S.R., it became independent from the… Read More

Prayer Points: SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC

Posted: February 25, 2006

Syria, the ancient Middle Eastern nation bordering Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, and Israel, has a population of over 20 million. Damascus, a city well known to all readers of… Read More

Prayer Points: ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY

Posted: February 25, 2006

Uruguay, one of the smaller South American nations, lies between Argentina and Brazil, and has a population of 3.5 million. Montevideo, the capital city, contains well over half the citizens… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF NICARAGUA

Posted: February 25, 2006

Nicaragua, situated between Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south, was settled as a Spanish colony in the early 16th century and gained independence from Spain in… Read More

Prayer Points: ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN

Posted: February 25, 2006

The Islamic Republic of Iran, a Middle Eastern nation of over 70 million, borders Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The capital city is Tehran (11 million). Other… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

Posted: February 25, 2006

This East African nation is surrounded by (clockwise from the north) the Sudan, Kenya, Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the former Zaire). Population is… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF YEMEN

Posted: February 25, 2006

This small nation at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula has about 21 million inhabitants. Arabic is the dominant language, and 99.94% of Yemenis are Muslims. The capital is… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF MALTA (REPUBBLIKA TA

Posted: February 25, 2006

This enchanting Mediterranean island is the site where the apostle Paul was shipwrecked (Acts 27-28), not that this was Paul’s only shipwreck (2 Corinthians 11)! Malta includes several uninhabited islands,… Read More

Prayer Points: NEW ZEALAND

Posted: February 24, 2006

The official name of New Zealand is a Maori word, Aotearoa. Its two main islands (North Island and South Island) lie 1600 km southeast of Australia. This has to be… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF SINGAPORE

Posted: February 24, 2006

This city-state, located one degree above the equator and immediately below the tip of the Malayan peninsula, is one of the most successful economies in the world, having moved from… Read More

Prayer Points: DOMINICA

Posted: February 24, 2006

The Commonwealth of Dominica, with just over 70,000 citizens, lies between the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. (This nation should not be confused with the Dominican Republic, which… Read More

Prayer Points: LIECHTENSTEIN

Posted: February 24, 2006

The Principality of Liechtenstein lies between Switzerland and Austria, and is 160 sq km in size. Population is about 34,000, with German being the official language. The capital city is… Read More

Prayer Points: GREECE

Posted: January 22, 2006

The official (English) name of Greece is the Hellenic Republic. (Hellas is the Greek word for Greece.) 10 million persons live in this ancient, famous, and influential land, one third… Read More

Prayer Points: Sri Lanka

Posted: January 7, 2006

This week’s point for prayer is the island nation of Sri Lanka. It lies 80 km to the southeast of India, with a population around 20 million souls. The administrative… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF TUNISIA

Posted: October 9, 2005

This North African republic lies between Algeria and Tunisia, and includes Mediterranean coast as well as the sands of the Sahara. The capital city is Tunis (2 million). The second… Read More

Prayer Points: ISRAEL AND PALESTINE

Posted: May 22, 2005

The State of Israel, to use the Israeli nation’s official title, combined with the West Bank, constitute an island of Israelis and Palestinians surrounded by an ocean of 270 million… Read More

Churches Under Fire

Posted: May 3, 2005

From Christianity Today, May 2005, p. 21 “For the third year in a row, NORTH KOREA has been named the worst persecutor of Christians, according to OPEN DOORS INTERNATIONAL’s ‘World… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF GHANA

Posted: December 19, 2004

This west African nation (population 23 million) is sandwiched between the Ivory Coast (to the west) and Togo (to the east). Next to the small nation of Togo is the… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

Posted: December 12, 2004

The 7000 odd islands of the Philippines, 10% of which are inhabited, are home to some 90 million people. 93% claim to be Christian, two thirds of whom are Roman… Read More

Prayer Points: HONG KONG-SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION OF CHINA

Posted: December 5, 2004

Hong Kong is approximately 1100 square km in area, next to Guandong Province of the People’s Republic of China. But don’t let its relatively small size (one peninsula and 230… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF BURUNDI

Posted: November 28, 2004

Burundi and Rwanda have been in the news non-stop since the famous genocide of 1993-1995, which itself followed the pogroms of 1972 and 1988. In fact, for 400 years, Tutsi… Read More

Prayer Points: BURKINA FASO

Posted: November 21, 2004

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest nations on the planet. Annual per capita income is only US$320 — less than a dollar a day. The nation is landlocked; you… Read More

Prayer Points: BRUNEI

Posted: November 14, 2004

This nation consists of two enclaves on the island of Borneo, bordering East Malaysia and just north of the Indonesian part of Borneo. The full name of the nation is… Read More

Prayer Points: BELIZE

Posted: November 7, 2004

This small Caribbean coastal nation borders Guatemala and Mexico, and has a population of around a quarter million. The capital city is Belmopan. (I didn’t know that! — did you?)… Read More

Prayer Points: KINGDOM OF BELGIUM

Posted: October 31, 2004

The influence of this nation of 10 million is out of all proportion to its size. Brussels (the capital) contains the Headquarters of NATO as well as the capital of… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF BELARUS

Posted: October 24, 2004

This republic of 10 million (capital Minsk) is surrounded by a number of nations: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, and the Ukraine. Belarusian and Russian are the most common languages.  When… Read More

Prayer Points: BARBADOS

Posted: October 17, 2004

Barbados, population 275,000, gained independence from Great Britain in 1966. The capital is Bridgetown, and the nation is 93% Afro-Caribbean. 96% claim to be Christian — and yet the out-of-wedlock… Read More

Prayer Points: COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

Posted: October 10, 2004

This archipelago of 700 coral islands, lying between Cuba and Florida, has a population of about a third of a million. Only 40 islands are inhabited. 85% are of Afro-Caribbean… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF AZERBAIJAN

Posted: October 3, 2004

This Caucasian republic is on the Caspian Sea, and is surrounded by the nations of Armenia, Russia, Georgia, and Iran. Population: 8 million. Capital city: Baku (2 million). 84% of… Read More

Prayer Points: SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

Posted: September 26, 2004

Today Vietnam has 89 million inhabitants, primarily Vietnamese (87%), followed by Thai-Dai (5%) and Mon-Khmer (4%) and several other ethnic groups. This is one of the last bastions of Communism… Read More

Prayer Points: BRITISH DEPENDENCY OF ANGUILLA

Posted: September 19, 2004

Located north of Venezuela, Anguilla is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands. Its land area is 91 square kilometers, population around 8500. The capital is The Valley (pop. 1300)…. Read More

Prayer Points: ARUBA

Posted: September 12, 2004

This small island, 28 km north of Venezuela, consists of approximately 125,000 persons. The capital is Oranjestad. In 1986 it withdrew from the Netherlands Antilles, and is now self-governing. It… Read More

Prayer Points: UNITED STATES TERRITORY OF GUAM

Posted: September 5, 2004

Guam is an unincorporated territory of the United States, about 1500 miles south of Tokyo and 1500 miles east of Manila. It lies very close to the Marianas Trench, the… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA

Posted: August 29, 2004

Botswana, 80% of which is the Kalahari Desert, borders on South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Zambia, and Angola. With a population of 1.7 million (95% of whom are Bantu), per capita… Read More

Prayer Points: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Posted: August 22, 2004

4 million Bosnians live in this nation, tucked between Serbia-Montenegro and Croatia. Because of its historical association with the Ottoman Empire, 60% of Bosnia is Muslim, while only 35% claim… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF BOLIVIA

Posted: August 15, 2004

The landlocked Andean state of Bolivia is surrounded by Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, and Chile. The capitals are Sucre (legal) and La Paz (administrative). The population of this predominantly Catholic… Read More

Prayer Points: COLONY OF BERMUDA ISLANDS

Posted: August 8, 2004

This small nation, consisting of 360 coral islands in the Atlantic ocean, lies just a few hundred miles east of North Carolina, and in the same longitude as Halifax, Nova… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF BENIN

Posted: August 1, 2004

Today we pray for Benin, a small West African nation with Nigeria on its east, Togo to its west, and Niger and Burkina Faso to the north. 7 million persons,… Read More

Prayer Points: ARMENIA

Posted: July 25, 2004

The small nation of Armenia (population 3.5 million) is surrounded by the nations of Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Iran. The capital city is Yerevan, and the average Armenian makes US$650/year…. Read More

Prayer Points: ARGENTINE REPUBLIC

Posted: July 18, 2004

Argentina is the second largest nation in Latin America (population 41 million). The country’s population and culture were heavily shaped by immigrants from throughout Europe, but most particularly Italy and… Read More

Prayer Points: STATE OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Posted: July 11, 2004

Today we pray for a small nation. Antigua and Barbuda have a population of just under 70,000, of whom 28,000 dwell in the capital city of St. John’s. Principal industries… Read More

Prayer Points: DEMOCRATIC AND POPULAR REPUBLIC OF ALGERIA

Posted: July 4, 2004

The nation of Algeria, population 33 million, is one of several Islamic states in Africa. Its capital is Algiers (pop. 4.5m). The second city is Oran (pop. 1m). Average personal… Read More

Prayer Points: COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

Posted: June 27, 2004

Today we pray for the island-continent-nation of Australia, 19 million strong. A dazzlingly beautiful land. Twice I have had the privilege of living in Sydney (1987-88, 2002-03), in addition to… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF ALBANIA

Posted: June 20, 2004

Today would you say a prayer for the small nation of Albania? Tirana (population 500,000) is the capital of this nation of approximately 3,000,000. Per capita annual income is near… Read More

Prayer Points: STATE OF BAHRAIN

Posted: June 13, 2004

This Middle Eastern nation of over 700,000 (capital Manama) is less than 700 sq km in area, and consists of 35 small islands between Qatar and the Saudi Arabian mainland…. Read More

Prayer Points: KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA

Posted: June 6, 2004

Today we pray for Cambodia, a nation of 11 million located in Indochina. It borders Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. The nation is 83% Buddhist, with a Christian minority of about… Read More

Prayer Points: AFGHANISTAN

Posted: May 30, 2004

This nation of approximately 30 million, having recently experienced yet another round of war, has infrastructural, military, spiritual, and relational problems in abundance. 98% of the population is Muslim, and… Read More

Prayer Points: CANADA

Posted: May 23, 2004

The world’s second largest country covers nearly 10 million square km. Population 33 million. There is a wide diversity of mountains, prairie grasslands and forests but much is sparsely populated… Read More

Prayer Points: VATICAN CITY STATE

Posted: May 16, 2004

When I visit Rome, I usually also visit the smallest nation in the world, which lies inside Rome itself: The Holy See, or Vatican City State. This city-state, affluent beyond… Read More

Prayer Points: ITALIAN REPUBLIC

Posted: May 9, 2004

We all love Italian food (I think I am not being too presumptuous to say this), and we all had to study the ancient Romans in grade school. But how… Read More

Prayer Points: UKRAINE

Posted: May 2, 2004

This former Soviet nation borders Russia, Moldova, Hungary, Romania, Belarus, Poland, Slovakia, and the Black Sea. The population is approximately 50 million. The capital city is Kiev (Kyiv). The average… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

Posted: April 25, 2004

This mighty and famous nation of more than 50 million is known for so many things: Apartheid (which officially ended in 1991), the Springboks (RSA’s champion rugby team), diamonds, not… Read More

Prayer Points: MALAWI

Posted: April 18, 2004

The capital is Lilongwe, and the nation borders Mozambique, Zambia, and Tanzania, in the southeastern part of Africa. Population is 11 million, life expectancy 36 years. Malawi is 80% Christian,… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF ANGOLA

Posted: April 11, 2004

This southern African nation, population 13 million, borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Zambia, and Namibia, A long civil war has left the nation in tatters. Up… Read More

Prayer Points: SIERRA LEONE

Posted: April 4, 2004

This poor and war-torn West African nation, population 5 million, is 70% Muslim, 12% Christianized, and 18% traditional (animistic) religion. Sierra Leone was created as a homeland for freed slaves… Read More

Prayer Points: PRINCIPALITY OF ANDORRA

Posted: March 28, 2004

This minute nation, only 468 sq. km. in area, lies in the Pyrenees, between France and Spain, and hasn’t seen war in over 700 years. Most people in the world… Read More

Prayer Points: KINGDOM OF TONGA

Posted: March 21, 2004

Tonga, an island nation, is made up of a cluster of 171 coral and volcanic islands 600 km east of Fiji. The population is approximately 100,000, and the capital city… Read More

Prayer Points: STATE OF TUVALU

Posted: March 14, 2004

This oceanic nation of 24 square kilometers (in nine low coral atolls) has a population of only 12,000 persons, making it truly one of the smallest countries in the world,… Read More

Prayer Points: REPUBLIC OF VANUATU

Posted: March 7, 2004

This nation of some 82 islands lies southeast of the Solomon Islands in the Southwest Pacific, and achieved independence in 1980. The capital is Vila. The population is nearing 200,000,… Read More

Prayer Points: NAURU

Posted: February 29, 2004

This Pacific coral island is only 21 square kilometers large! About 12,000 people inhabit it, 80% of whom are Micronesian. (Can you find this island on your globe or in… Read More

Prayer Points: RWANDA

Posted: February 22, 2004

8 million souls inhabit this tiny central African nation. As we will all recall, in 1994-95 the population was sharply diminished when some 1 million Rwandans perished in the genocide… Read More

Prayer Points: GUYANA

Posted: February 15, 2004

This South American nation, bordered by Venezuela, Suriname, and Brazil, has a population of approximately 850,000 — about the same number of people as there are in Jacksonville, Florida (my… Read More

Prayer Points: BHUTAN

Posted: February 8, 2004

This Himalayan kingdom, 72% Buddhist and 23% Hindu, is one of the most isolated nations in the world. Even within Bhutan, few live in urban centers. 93% of Bhutanese live… Read More

Prayer Points: ICELAND

Posted: February 1, 2004

Iceland, a volcanic island lying on the Arctic Circle in the North Atlantic Ocean, is a nation of around 290,000 persons, approximately 1/10 of 1% of the population of the… Read More

Prayer Points: DENMARK

Posted: January 25, 2004

The Kingdom of Denmark, a nation of 5 million, enjoys a very high per capita GDP. The average Dane’s annual GDP is $30,000. 86% of Danes claim to be Christian,… Read More

Prayer Points: FINLAND

Posted: January 18, 2004

The Republic of Finland (capital: Helsinki), is a nation of 5 million and  borders Russia to the east, Sweden to the west and Norway to the north. It is 70%… Read More

Prayer Points: NORWAY

Posted: January 11, 2004

The Kingdom of Norway is smaller than its neighbor Sweden, and with half the population (4.5 million). A stunningly beautiful land, Norway also enjoys a relatively high per capita GDP… Read More

Prayer Points: SWEDEN

Posted: January 4, 2004

Officially the Kingdom of Sweden, this nation of 9 million is the largest of the Scandinavian countries. It’s terrain is generally flat or rolling hills yet only 8% of the… Read More

Prayer Points: JAPAN

Posted: December 28, 2003

With a population of 127 million, Japan ranks as one of the more populous nations in the world. GDP: US$38,000 per capita (compared with $35,000 per capita annually for the United States)…. Read More

Prayer Points: ROMANIA

Posted: December 21, 2003

Romania’s nationhood began around 1856 when Wallachia and Moldavia – sovereign states ruled by monarchy – secured their autonomy from the Turkish Ottoman Empire, under which they were subject for… Read More

Prayer Points: HUNGARY

Posted: December 14, 2003

Hungary is an Eastern European nation of 10 million souls, bordering on seven nations: Austria, Slovakia, the Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, and Slovenia. It is about 92% Christian (Operation World),… Read More

Prayer Points: POLAND

Posted: December 7, 2003

Poland is a nation of nearly 40 million, and is 90% Christianized. Like most Eastern European nations, it has had to contend with the specter and influence of Communism from… Read More

Prayer Points: CROATIA

Posted: November 30, 2003

This nation of 4 million, one of the states newly created in the disintegration of Yugoslavia, is officially 94.4% Christian (Operation World). And yet despite its claim to Christianity, one… Read More

Prayer Points: AUSTRIA

Posted: November 23, 2003

This week’s prayer point is Austria. I will spoke in the capital city of Vienna in December 2003, and appreciated your prayers at that time. Vienna for most of us… Read More

Prayer Points: GERMANY

Posted: November 16, 2003

With per capita GDP of $23,000 (for reference, US GDP is $35,000), Germany is not only a powerful nation, but a wealthy one, too (The Economist, 2003). With affluence, however,… Read More

Prayer Points: CZECH REPUBLIC

Posted: November 9, 2003

Czech Republic This nation of 10 million was formed after the fall of Communism (1989), when Czechoslovakia split into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993. A landlocked state, it… Read More

Prayer Points: BULGARIA

Posted: November 2, 2003

Bulgaria is a nation of 8 million people and which dates from the 5th century AD. The capital is Sofia. Bulgaria borders Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Romania, and Macedonia. Average GDP: around… Read More

Prayer Points: COLOMBIA

Posted: October 26, 2003

This South American nation of 42 million enjoys a GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of nearly US $2000 per capita per annum. At the same time, the country has some 85… Read More

Prayer Points: SOLOMON ISLANDS

Posted: October 19, 2003

This week’s prayer point is the Solomon Islands, which include Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Choiseul, and several other volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean. They are located east of Papua New… Read More

Prayer Points: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Posted: October 12, 2003

The most powerful nation on earth — not necessarily the richest, certainly not the most righteous, must be the United States. During the Cold War, the First World was pitted… Read More

Prayer Points: NIGERIA

Posted: September 28, 2003

Please take a moment today to pray for the nation of Nigeria, situated close to the equator and bordered by Benin, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon. Its geography is characterized by… Read More

Prayer Points: JORDAN

Posted: September 21, 2003

Please take a moment to pray for your brothers and sisters in the nation of Jordan. The population of this small Middle Eastern country is 7m. Although 97% of the… Read More

Prayer Points: UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN & NORTHERN IRELAND

Posted: September 14, 2003

Please pray for the churches of the U.K. today. (Note: the Republic of Ireland ‘southern Ireland’ is a separate nation.) Britain is not the same as England, though they may… Read More

Prayer Points: TIBET

Posted: September 7, 2003

In 1959 (the year I was born) the Chinese army invaded Tibet and forcibly annexed it to mainland China. It is now called the "Tibet Autonomous Region" (also Xizang). The… Read More

Prayer Points: CHINA

Posted: August 31, 2003

Please take a moment today to pray for the nation of China. Population: 1.3 billion. China is the most populous nation on the earth. (Source: The Economist, 2003). Major cities:… Read More

Prayer Points: BRAZIL

Posted: August 24, 2003

Please take a moment today to pray for the nation of Brazil. Population: 170 million. Brazil is the fifth most populous nation on the earth, after mainland China, India, the… Read More

Prayer Points: PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Posted: August 17, 2003

Please take a moment today to pray for the nation of Papua New Guinea. Population: 5 million. Major cities: Port Moresby, Lae, Rabaul, Madang, and Wewak. (Sources: The Economist 2003)… Read More

Prayer Points: INDIA

Posted: August 3, 2003

India is the home of one of the world’s oldest civilizations, one which flourished as early as the 3rd and 2nd millenia B.C. In modern times it received its independence… Read More