Area: 23,200 sq km
A hot, dry, desert enclave between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, with possibly the hottest average temperatures of any country on earth.
Population: 879,053 Annual Growth: 1.78%
Official language: French and Arabic. Trade languages Somali, Afar Languages: 10 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Djibouti, Africas third-smallest state, is a haven of calm in a stormy region. Western military presence, due to the strategic location, helps foster a climate of relative peace, safety and freedom. Pray that these present freedoms may not be eroded by the politics of the Horn of Africa nor by the Islamist voice that seeks to shape Djibouti according to its own set of values.
Christian support ministries:
a) Bible translation and distribution. The Afar NT is published, as are parts of the nearly completed OT. There is a key project to record both Afar Scripture songs and the entire NT on tape a vital means of communicating Gods Word in a largely illiterate population. Praise God for the recent printing of a newly revised Somali Bible.
b) Audio resources. GRN has Scripture and Christian recordings available in Somali, Afar and Arabic as well as most of the expat languages. Pray for their wide distribution.
c) Radio broadcasts by FEBA and TWR lead the way in radio ministry, broadcasting into Djibouti with 7.5 hours per week in both Afar and Somali. There are also broadcasts in Amharic, Arabic and Tigrina.
d) The JESUS film is available in Somali, Afar and Arabic. Pray for Spirit-inspired fruit wherever it is shown.
e) Innovative outreach using Internet technology and fine arts is in development. Pray for guidance as believers make use of resources and talents available to them.
For an additional 5 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.
The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Djibouti.