PRAYER POINTS

  • Pray for Djibouti to remain very proactive and a staunch supporter of counterterrorism efforts.
     
  • There are many Christians amongst the Ethiopian refugees living in Djibouti. Pray that they would have enormous faith to see others come to know God.
     
  • There a few Afar and Somali Christians―many of them are jobless and cannot read or write. Pray that these small communities would not feel isolated but would be encouraged and grow.
     
  • Pray for Muslims in Djibouti to have visions and dreams of Jesus. Pray that they would encounter Christ.

 

Find ministries and organizations working in Djibouti at Joshua Project | Djibouti.



 

FACTS
Population: 902,000
Total People Groups: 11
Unreached People Groups:6
Region: South/East Africa
Official National Language: Arabic (Standard) 
Secondary National Language: French
Religions: Islam 97.3%, Christianity 1.7%, Non-Religious 1.0%, Other 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: 28
Percentage of People in Poverty: 50%

LOCATION
Sandwiched between Ethiopia and Eritrea to the north and Somalia to the south, Djibouti has a strategic location in East Africa―as a handy port to get to the Middle East. The country’s economy depends heavily on its port and on foreign help.

RELIGION
Djibouti’s population is comprised of 93.9% Muslims and only 4.7% are Christians. Although officially an Islamic state, other religions are given freedom to worship. The constitution provides for freedom of religion, but proselytizing is discouraged.

CHALLENGES FOR CHRISTIANS
Djibouti is ranked No. 28 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2007 “World Watch List.”


Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors