I have talked several times about why Europe is in need of missionaries and why I am going over there to do my part, but I thought it might help if I highlighted more specifically what is going on in each of the countries in Europe. So, my plan for the next year is to share some data with you all about one country in Europe every Monday. The data I will be getting will be from Operation World. Operation World is an evangelical Christian organization that is concerned about fulfilling the Great Commission. They have compiled information on every country in the world and I want to share it with you so you can be praying for Europe specifically.
There are two new things this week. The first you may have already noticed. The highlighted country for today, Armenia, is not a European country. It’s in Asia. Greater Europe Mission works in some Asian and African countries (they put the “er” in Greater). The second change you might not notice too much. Greater Europe Mission has put out their own book called “Prayer for the Nations.” Inside the book it has a guide for each country that makes up Greater Europe. There is much more detail then I will share, but if you want a copy of the book for your own prayers please let me know and I will get you one.
For a country i know very little about, it is a pretty populous country. There are 3,090,379 people in Armenia, 94% (2,918,245) of which are Christian. Armenia was the first nation to adopt Christianity as the official religion in 301 AD. It is not a whole lot different than the other countries I have touched on so far though in that a small minority (268,186 or 8.7%) are evangelical. I don’t mean to be stressing so much about that, but honestly with Operation World’s definition of evangelical, they are the one’s trying to reach other’s for Christ. The Great Commission says that is what we need to be doing, so that is the number that I hope to see increased.
Some prayer insights for Armenia:
Pray that God will give Armenian believers wisdom, courage, and creativity to reach out to their people.
Pray for unity among the churches in Armenia.
Pray that young adults will become catalysts for renewal and spiritual awakening in the Armenian Apostolic Church.