Five believers were arrested in the town of Dongolo, 52km north-east of Asmara, in June. Pray that these five Christians will remain steadfast in their faith and stay in perfect peace because they trust in God.
Security police are reported to be monitoring closely those children who have been left without their parents or guardians due to recent mass arrests of Christians. The authorities’ aim is apparently to ensure these children do not get any support from the Christian community. Pray that the children’s wider Christian family will thwart this aim.
More than 50 children are currently without one or both parents after a series of raids in Eritrea from the beginning of May to the first week of August. Ask God to comfort these little ones and provide loving carers for them until their parents are restored to them. Pray that will happen soon.
Pray for endurance for other members of Fikadu Debesay’s church in Adi Quala who were arrested with her in May and who are also being held Metkel Abiet: the desert camp in the Northern Red Sea Region is known for its extreme temperatures.
Fikadu Debesay died in Metkel Abiet prison camp within three months of her arrest in Adi Quala: her husband was also among the many detained in the town in May. Ask God to comfort their three children, struggling to come to terms with the loss of their mother and the absence of their father. Pray…
Two Christian women detained in Eritrea’s Wi’a military camp are reported to have died after going on hunger strike in protest at the abuse they had suffered in detention. Our two sisters were transferred to Massawa Hospital in a critical condition and died five days later. Pray for their families. And pray that their protest,…
The latest reports from Eritrea says that there are now 400 prisoners of faith there – which represents a sharp increase in recent months. Pray for courage for all these prisoners and their families.
A crackdown on Christians since April and a spate of mass arrests have left believers in Eritrea living in fear. Many are now in hiding. Ask God to protect and shield them from those who want to harm or arrest them.
Pray for 17 Christians who were arrested in the Godaif district of Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, in May. Pray that, although we may not know their names, God does – and each one is precious to Him. Pray that each of them will know that they are the apple of their Heavenly Father’s eye.
Thank God that His word ‘alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.’ Ask God to bring to mind key verses that will empower, comfort and bring peace to prisoners in Eritrea today.
Pray for prisoners who feel they have come to the end of their human strength and endurance. Pray that they will know today that ‘underneath are the everlasting arms’ (Deuteronomy 33:27) and that they will experience God’s strength and His refreshing.
Christians are not permitted to read the Bible. Pray that the living word of God will be with them, reminding them of His promises over them and His eternal truths.
Christian prisoners are not allowed to sing worship songs. Pray that they will know that the Lord God is with them, ‘the Mighty Warrior who saves’. Pray this verse from Zephaniah 3:17 over them: ‘He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you…
Christian prisoners in Eritrea are not permitted to pray aloud. Praise God that he knows their inmost being and their secret thoughts. Pray that our brothers and sisters behind bars in Eritrea will know that God hears their cry: ‘Before a word is on my tongue, you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4).
Christian prisoners are generally denied visits from lawyers. Pray that they will know that God will see that there is justice for his ‘chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night’ (Luke 18:7-8).
Many of Eritrea’s current prisoners of faith have never been formally charged or brought to court but instead they’re detained arbitrarily. Pray that officials will heed the international outcry about this injustice – and release them.
Publishing news of Eritrean prisoners Is potentially harmful to the prisoner and those with whom he or she is held. Pray that the appalling truth about prisoners’ experiences will continue to be made known so that Eritrea can be held to account for its terrible human rights record.
Let’s remember in our prayers today prisoners who have been released but who are struggling to reintegrate into normal family life. Pray for those former detainees who have become ‘institutionalised’ and who are finding it hard to adapt to their newfound freedom. Ask God to heal and restore them.
Pray that the spirit of every prisoner of faith in Eritrea will remain unbroken, despite torture and abuse. Speak the word of God over their lives: ‘[You] are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed’ (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
Eyob Yemane has been in prison in Eritrea for 11 years. His wife has fled to Sudan. Pray that this couple will soon be reunited. Pray that each of them will know God’s plan for their life. Eyob’s brother, Semere Yemane, spent ten years in Asmara Prison before his release.
Pray for Aster whose twin sister was tortured to death as Aster listened. Aster herself was also beaten at the same time, but survived. Pray that God will heal the physical and emotional wounds of people who have suffered brutal treatment in Eritrea’s prisons.
Pray that prisoners of faith in Eritrea will have opportunities to share the Gospel with their fellow inmates. Just as Paul urges his fellow Christians in Colossians, ‘Pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in…
Pray the persecution in Eritrea will spark revival as the powerful witness of Jesus’ followers, especially those in jail, prompts many others to follow Him, as happened in the book of Acts. Pray that Eritrea’s prisons will also witness revival: pray that prisoners will repent and turn to Christ in their droves.
Pray for wisdom for leaders of the Orthodox Church, amid the continuing detention of Patriarch Abune Antonios who was ousted after criticising the Government for interfering in church activities. Pray that they will be bold in their faith but will not fall foul of the authorities.
There are fears that the deposed head of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Abune Antonios, who has been under house arrest since 2007, may have been poisoned. Sources say the 90-year-old was taken to a healthcare facility in May and injected with a substance that made him seriously ill. Pray that God will heal and protect…