Pray that God will give His people in Eritrea a fresh revelation of the meaning of the words of Matthew 5:10: ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ Thank Jesus for all that he suffered for our sake.
Pray for unity and strong fellowship between all prisoners of faith. Release sources suggest that there are sometimes tensions between Christians who have refused to sign papers recanting their faith and those who signed – but then remained in jail.
Some prisoners have reportedly been forced to sign papers renouncing their faith – purportedly as a way of ‘buying’ their freedom. But many have not been released, despite signing such papers. Pray for these dear brothers and sisters who have inevitably experienced great turmoil.
The Government appears determined to arrest Christian leaders, one by one. Please pray that God will raise up new leaders to disciple His church and mentor new believers. Pray that His people in Eritrea will be filled with faith and spiritual maturity.
Pray that believers in Eritrea will find new ways to witness to non-Christians. Pray that they will know that Jesus goes before them, making a path, preparing people’s minds and touching hearts.
Pray that believers in Eritrea will find new ways to worship while their Government does not allow them freedom of worship. Pray that they will be able to worship God through their daily walk and talk, their values and attitudes. And pray that many others will see the heart of God through their witness.
Pray for a change of policy in Eritrea so that freedom of worship for all Eritreans citizens is allowed. Currently, many faith groups, including Christians, can meet only in secret, in private houses – and live in constant fear of being discovered.
Lift up in prayer Estifanos Habtemariam Ghebreyesus, the Eritrean Ambassador to the UK and Ireland, who is based in London. Pray that he will heed recent appeals and petitions calling for the release of Christian prisoners in his homeland, and will raise the issue with the Government in Asmara.
Continue to pray for Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki. Pray for a Damascus Road experience for this man, that he will be overwhelmed by the love of God and brought to his knees. He was originally from the Christian highlands.
Lift up in prayer the nation of Eritrea as it suffers under a totalitarian regime. There are restrictions on everything from people’s movement to their water use, their freedom of expression to their beliefs. Please pray that those in authority will have a radical change of heart and begin to work for the well-being of…
Many of those who flee Eritrea due to persecution fall into the hands of traffickers: many are held captive in camps in the Sinai Desert while ransom payments are demanded. There they are subjected to appalling brutality. Pray that the international community will take a firm action on this issue and bring the perpetrators to…
Continue to pray for Abune Antonios, the legitimate Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox (Tewahdo) Church, who was ousted from his official residence in 2007. The 90-year-old appeared in public for the first time in more than a decade at St Mary’s Cathedral in Asmara on July 16 – but many fear the appearance was little…
A new trend in Christian persecution in Eritrea has been the decision to arrest believers at home, rather than at church meetings and Bible studies. This means that Christians do not feel safe in their own homes any more. Pray that they will trust God and recognise Him as their place of safety. Declare Psalm…
Pray for those who are living in real fear of joining their fellow believers behind bars. Christians in Asmara recently held a time of prayer and fasting for peace and safety. Stand with them in praying that God will make them invisible to the authorities.
Thank God that He is the one who sets the captives free. Praise him that He is still the same God who broke the chains off Paul and Silas in Acts 16. Ask God to cause a great shaking again in Eritrea, one that will set prisoners free and restore religious liberties.
Pray for the psychological well-being of all prisoners of faith in Eritrea today. Pray that they will keep their eyes fixed on Jesus and put all their trust in Him. Thank God for His promise in Isaiah 26:3: ‘You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.’
One woman arrested in June in Nefasit has reportedly become mentally ill due to harsh conditions in prison. Thank God that he can renew our minds and pray he will restore this dear sister to full mental and emotional health.
There have been reports of female prisoners in in Metkel Abiet prison camp having their hair shaved off to humiliate them. Pray that these women and girls will know that they are precious to their heavenly Father and beautiful in His sight.
In July, 16 girls in their late-teens who were on national service were detained in Metkel Abiet prison camp – as were other Christians and relatives who tried to visit them. Pray especially that God will sustain these young women and hold them close like the shepherd who ‘gathers the lambs in his arms and…
Release has learnt that 23 Christians were arrested in Asmara in the first week of August. Pray that these believers will find favour with their guards and be a powerful witness to their captors. Pray too that they will be released soon.
Helen will be speaking at the following dates and venues: October 2nd: St Anne’s Cathedral, Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2HB 8.00pm October 4th: First Ahoghill Presbyterian Church, 276 Glagorm Road, Ahoghill BT42 1JY 8.00pm October 5th: Crumlin Road Gaol Fundraiser Tickets from (Florence email) £25 per person October 7th: Release Women 10th Anniversary…
Forty-five believers, mostly women, were detained, along with the bride and groom, at a wedding celebration outside Asmara in May. Pray for their immediate release. Pray that the faith of all 47 of these Christians will be strengthened through this ordeal.
The bride and groom were among those arrested during a raid on a wedding celebration outside Asmara in May. Pray that this couple will be reunited soon. Pray that, while they are behind bars, they will experience God’s peace, comfort and love in fresh ways.
A mother with her children was among a number of Christians arrested in A’la recently. Pray for this lady, that she will entrust her family to God, for every aspect of their development and well-being, while they are all in detention. Pray they will be home again soon.