- We thank God for His goodness and grace for all He is doing, for the dedicated leadership. Aglow has acquired a photocopy machine and a generator for a small business project to raise funds for Aglow outreach work and other things. We pray for God’s move and power to bless the work of their hands as they reach out with God’s love.
- Aglow sisters in both Senegal and Guinea-Bissau are planning a conference and an outreach in the Gambia where God willing Augusta Odoteye will join them in the hope of activating and reviving the Aglow ministry there. This will be in late April or early May 2014. We need prayers for this important event and for God’s divine move as we proclaim His kingdom to arise to recover and restore the Aglow ministry in the Gambia. We ask for prayers for God’s divine provision for funds for this up coming event. Partner with us in prayers. Thank you.
- Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:1,2 (NKJV)
- Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is he King of glory. Selah Psalm 24:9-10 (NKJV)
Interesting Facts About Guinea Bissau
Background: Since independence from Portugal in 1974, Guinea-Bissau has experienced considerable political and military upheaval. In 1980, a military coup established authoritarian dictator Joao Bernardo ‘Nino’ VIEIRA as president. Despite setting a path to a market economy and multiparty system, VIEIRA’s regime was characterized by the suppression of political opposition and the purging of political rivals. Several coup attempts through the 1980s and early 1990s failed to unseat him. In 1994 VIEIRA was elected president in the country’s first free elections. A military mutiny and resulting civil war in 1998 eventually led to VIEIRA’s ouster in May 1999. In February 2000, a transitional government turned over power to opposition leader Kumba YALA after he was elected president in transparent polling. In September 2003, after only three years in office, YALA was overthrown in a bloodless military coup, and businessman Henrique ROSA was sworn in as interim president. In 2005, former President VIEIRA was re-elected president pledging to pursue economic development and national reconciliation; he was assassinated in March 2009. Malam Bacai SANHA was elected in an emergency election held in June 2009, but he passed away in January 2012 from an existing illness. A military coup in April 2012 prevented Guinea-Bissau’s second-round presidential election – to determine SANHA’s successor – from taking place.
Government Type: republic
Population: 1,660,870 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: African 99% (includes Balanta 30%, Fula 20%, Manjaca 14%, Mandinga 13%, Papel 7%), European and mulatto less than 1%
Languages: Portuguese (official), Crioulo, African languages
Religions: Muslim 50%, indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 10%
Interesting Facts information from the cia.gov website. Read more about Guinea Bissau