In Focus: Armenia

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This mountainous, landlocked country has been a Christian nation for over 17 centuries. It was brought under communist rule but has been independent ever since the fall of that system. However, great challenges remain.

Please pray for external peace and domestic prosperity. The good news of salvation through personal faith in Jesus needs to be recovered as against mere conformity to religious rites.

Name: Republic of Armenia, Hayastan

Area: 29,800 sq km

Landlocked, mountainous Caucasus state. Nagorno-Karabakh, a 4,400 sq km enclave in Azerbaijan populated by Armenians, is controlled by Armenia along with a corridor of land connecting it to the rest of Armenia.

Population: 3,090,379

Annual Growth: 0.17%

Capital: Yerevan

Urbanites: 63.7%

HDI Rank: 84 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples: 26 (35% unreached)

Official language: Armenian

Languages: 12

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion

               

Pop %

Ann Gr

Christians

2,918,245

94.43

-0.3

Evangelicals

268,186

8.7

1.4

Answer to Prayer

The increasingly committed faith among the Armenian diaspora is resulting in church growth not only among those abroad but also in Armenia itself, as diaspora Christians focus ministry and prayer on the land of their fathers.

Challenge for Prayer

The control of Nagorno-Karabakh, now functionally independent, is unresolved and a millstone around the necks of all involved. Refugees on both sides of the conflict (250,000 Armenians from Azerbaijan, and 530,000 Azeris from Armenia and western Azerbaijan) are still displaced. Although the armed cease-fire has held, all diplomatic solutions have failed. Both nations refuse to back down, and Nagorno-Karabakh itself refuses to accept any resolution into which it does not have direct input. Pray for an answer that is acceptable to all and that allows each group to move forward.

Source: http://www.operationworld.org/arme

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