PRAY173

Enjoy going to church on Sunday?

 

Not if you’re a Christian in Eritrea. Believers there, as our partner Dr Berhane Asmelash at Release Eritrea explains in this short video, face the day-to-day uncertainty of not knowing whether they will be arrested by the authorities – simply for following Jesus. 

 

 

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 149

Pray 173 – Day 149

The Eritrean regime is reported to be increasingly intolerant of state-recognised faith groups including the Catholic church. The church, which runs m[…]

Pray 173 – Day 148

Pray 173 – Day 148

Pray for the many Eritrean Christians who have suffered persecution in their homeland and who are now seeking asylum abroad. Pray that governments wil[…]

Pray 173 – Day 147

Pray 173 – Day 147

November 19 is the International Day of Prayer (IDOP) for the persecuted church, when we can raise our voices as one and cry out to God for our Eritre[…]

Pray 173 – Day 146

Pray 173 – Day 146

Pray for the Eritrean Christians who have fled over the border into Ethiopia many of whom will have experienced intense persecution, including impriso[…]

Pray 173 – Day 145

Pray 173 – Day 145

Pray that the international community will respond decisively to the plight of our Eritrean family. Pray that international leaders will put greater p[…]

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

You can download the prayers as PDF documents by clicking below:

Days 1-30 Days 31-60 Days 61-90 Days 91-120 Days 121-150


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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Resources

Pray 173 Powerpoint Presentation

To help you focus on the Pray 173 Campaign in your Church Service or Home Group Meetings please use this free downloadable Powerpoint Presentation. This presentation includes brief background information, a written prayer and prayers for individual prisoners.

The presentation can also be used in your IDOP 2017 service and prayer meeting.

 

DVD – A Long Way From Home

This DVD features the moving testimonies of Eritrean Christians who are now living in refugee camps in Northern Ethiopia and shows how your support is helping them today. The dvd is available from our eStore and runs for 9 minutes.