This week we pray for Burundi.
Burundi is a small, mountainous, African country bordered by Tanzania on the southeast and Rwanda to the north. Over 400 years of conflict between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes have left the nation highly in debt and heavily dependent on foreign aid. Extreme weather in 2006 left 70% of farmland underwater, destroying the livelihood of many. Tens of thousands were left without shelter and the threat of a food crisis is still imminent. Burundi remains one of the world’s poorest nations, with 70-80% living below the poverty line.
A treaty between the warring tribes in 2000 has yielded much peace for Burundi. Burundi needs continued progress in establishing a solid rule of law, including a disarmament program to rid the nation of surplus firearms from prior conflicts. The hundreds of thousands of refugees lack basic services, such as health, education, and shelter.
Burundi enjoys freedom of religion, with 90% of the population identifying themselves as Christians. There has been an awakening in recent years within the Church that shallow religion will not overcome the deep-seated tensions among ethnic groups. (prayercast.net)
PRAYER POINTS (Prayercast)
• Pray for softened hearts, reconciliation, and spiritual awakening among the Tutsi and Hutu peoples.
• Pray for sustained Christian leadership in the midst of fragile peace.
• Pray for more Christian workers in the rural areas where refugees are returning after years of political horror.