Djibouti is located in Horn of Africa along the coast between Eritrea and Somalia. Djibouti is economically strategically located along busy shipping lanes between the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Indian Ocean. Friendly geopolitics between Ethiopia and Djibouti has allowed a railroad to built between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Djibouti City, Djibouti. Agriculture is limited as the land is 4% Arable. The majority of the economy is shipping and nomadic herding.
The Issa and Afar ethnic groups are the main people groups in Djibouti with other minorities in the country. The Afar and Issa ethnic groups are mostly Muslim with little outreach to them. Ethiopian Orthodox churches exist but proselytizing to Muslims is Prohibited. Djibouti is 97% Muslim and has been since the 7th Century. Leaving Islam results in persecution.
Praise God for the believers in Djibouti. Pray for evangelization of the Afar and Issa Muslims to begin soon and that the first churches may be started among these people groups in 2016. Pray for unity in the church as it seeks to serves the communities. Pray that the gospel be boldly proclaimed throughout Djibouti.