PRAY173

Why Pray 173?

There are more than 173 long-term prisoners of faith in Eritrea who desperately need your prayers today. That’s why we’ve launched this special prayer campaign. We’re asking you to use the prayer points and the prisoner profiles below to pray for these Christians over 173 days

Will You Pledge to Pray?

Print off this pledge card to remind you to pray. You can send the top half to the Eritrean embassy calling for the immediate release of the prisoners. Alternatively call our office (01689 823491) for pledge cards to distribute in your church.

 


Pray 173 – Prisoner profiles

Pray 173 – Prisoner profile – Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot

Pray 173 – Prisoner profile – Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot

Pastor Oqbamichel Haiminot was Senior Pastor of the Kale Hiwot (“Word of Life”) Church.

In 2003, he became the first senior Eritrean church leader to be imprisoned for his Christian activities, spending a few weeks in prison.
Pastor Oqba as he is[…]

Pray 173 – Prisoner profile – Haile Naizghe

Pray 173 – Prisoner profile – Haile Naizghe

Reverend Haile Naizghe has been in prison in Eritrea since May 2004. Before his arrest he was chair of a network of house churches that was banned by the government.

A former senior accountant with World Vision, Reverend Haile Naizghe was chair of[…]

Pray 173 – Prisoner profile – Mussie Ezaz

Pray 173 – Prisoner profile – Mussie Ezaz

Mussie Ezaz has been an evangelist for more than 14 years and had worked with Youth for Christ for a number of years before developing his own ministry to young people as a leader in the Kale Hiwot Church.

Married with three children, Mussie is a […]

 

Pray 173 – Daily Prayers

Pray 173 – Day 29

Pray 173 – Day 29

The government enlists community members to spy on Christians. Although members of the Eritrean Coptic Church enjoy relative freedom, other denominati[…]

Pray 173 – Day 28

Pray 173 – Day 28

Many elderly parents of long term prisoners are dying without ever seeing their sons and daughters released. Young children who were left behind when […]

Pray 173 – Day 27

Pray 173 – Day 27

Pray for Reverend Dr Tekleab Menghisteab, a highly respected physician who was arrested in 2005 as a church leader involved in the Medhane Bible study[…]

Pray 173 – Day 26

Pray 173 – Day 26

Pray specifically for church leaders imprisoned in Eritrea. Their faithful confession of faith in Christ and their refusal to recant that faith means […]

Pray 173 – Day 25

Pray 173 – Day 25

January 20, 2017 marked the 11-year anniversary of the Eritrean government’s illegal removal of Abune Antonios as the rightful Patriarch of the Eritre[…]

For more daily prayers visit the main ‘Pray 173 Daily Prayers‘ page. (Prayers will be added in batches)

You can download the first 32 days of prayers as a PDF document by clicking here


Eritrea: One giant prison.

Thousands of political prisoners are detained in jails and underground cells; there is no independent civil society; all independent media outlets have been shut down; the head of the Eritrean Orthodox Church is in incommunicado detention; and evangelical Christians are rounded up and tortured on a regular basis. Eritreans flee the country by the thousands despite ‘shoot-to-kill’ orders for anyone caught crossing the border.

Not a single Christian prisoner has ever been charged with a crime or tried, had access to a lawyer or been brought before a judge or a judicial officer to assess the legality, necessity or the duration of his or her detention.

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