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The Gambia: There's Good News and There's Bad News

The Gambia: There's Good News and There's Bad News

New President Adama Barrow (Reuters Photo)

West African countries held their breath last week to see if the Gambia would achieve a peaceful transition of power - something rarely seen in young African democracies. Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia for 22 years after his successful 1994 coup. However, he was defeated in the election last month by Adama Barrow. Jammeh vowed he would cling to power, but West African leaders stepped in and wouldn't allow it, an action that was a real encouragement to fledgling democracies in Africa where often presidents insist on ruling for life.
Barrow remains in neighboring Senegal until the country stabilizes. When Jammeh finally agreed to go into exile in Equatorial Guinea, the country as well as the continent breathed a sigh of relief until the startling announcement by Mai Ahmed Fatty, advisor to the new president. He revealed, "As we take over the new government, The Gambia is in financial distress. The coffers are virtually empty." Jammeh's final act of defiance was to loot the country of more than $11.4 million in banks his last two weeks in the country. He even managed to take numerous luxury cars onto his plane. In recent years, African governments have had some success in pressuring Western governments and banks to help recover public funds looted by African dictators. Pray this will be the case for The Gambia.

Thank God The Gambia is not on the 2017 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for The Gambia on Day 31 in accordance with the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.

Please pray for:
  • Western nations and banks to secure Gambian public funds they are holding and return them to the rightful government of the Gambia (The Bible, Numbers 5:7).
  • New President Adama Barrow as he leads his country. May he pray Solomon's prayer for The Gambia. Let us pray God gives him wisdom, and that President Adama walks in honesty and provides justice for his nation. (The Bible, 1 Kings 8:22-53).
  • Former President Jammeh to be stricken with guilt for stealing from his country. Pray that he repents and immediately returns the funds that belong to the people of The Gambia. Pray he comes into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (The Bible, Psalm 51).
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