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 partially 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. I will also be using a book put out by Greater Europe Mission 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.
Azerbaijan is another one of those Asian countries that puts the “er” in Greater Europe Mission. Azerbaijan is a relatively small country straddling the border of Europe and Asia with a total population of just under 9 million. Of those very few are Christians, some estimates are as low as 3,000, others only as high as 10,000.
The biggest prayer need for this country is for the large population percentage that have never heard the Gospel (as high as 63% of the total population). In addition to that the word Christian is often associated with the Russians and Armenians who have been warring with them for their land for quite some time. This negative stereotype of Christianity is a major stumbling block for any Azeri who might be considering professing faith in Christ.