Population: 8,532,547Political Leader: President Yayi Boni Religions: Traditional 47.7%, Christianity 31.8%, Islam 20%, Other 0.5% Persecution Ranking: Not Ranked Percent of Corruption: 75% Percent of People in Poverty: 37.4%
Benin is a West African country. It is often hailed as Africa’s most stable democracies.
Towards the end of the 1800s, France colonized Benin. Before coming under French sovereignty, Benin was made up of several independent states. They gained independence from the French in 1960. The years immediately following independence were very unstable. By the 1980s, the climate of instability gave way to a vibrant democracy.
Benin prides itself of its democracy, but on the economic front there is much left to be desired. Benin is underdeveloped and is plagued by acute corruption. Much of its economy relies on trade with neighboring Nigeria.
Voodoo, a national religion, was once banned. Today, thousands of Beninese celebrate the religion. The Christian population in the region has grown in the previous several years. However, Islam has also made inroads in recent times.
Pray for economic growth and development in Benin. Pray for the needs of the people to be met (The Bible, Proverbs 10:22).
Pray for an end to graft and corruption (The Bible, Romans 8:21).
Pray for people to be liberated from the bondage of sin and death and embrace the love of Jesus Christ (The Bible, Romans 12:2).
Pray that Christian Believers share the Gospel with fellow Beninese (The Bible, Galatians 6:9).
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