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Advent Prayer - Eritrea

Project(s): 12-996, 12-863

Country/Region: Eritrea, Middle East and North Africa

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.
Luke 2:12

 

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Map showing the location of Eritrea

 

Eritrea is one of the world’s worst persecutors of Christians. The government sees them as a threat to national unity because they give their ultimate allegiance to God and not to the state. Only three Christian denominations are officially recognised, and other groups must register with the authorities before they are allowed to engage in any activities. In practice the authorities approve no applications, and they relentlessly harass members of non-registered groups. Even the recognised churches are subject to extensive control.

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A government building in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. The authorities see most Christians as a threat and persecute them harshly

Eritrea’s legal and detention system is notorious for its cruelty. It is estimated that thousands of Christians are imprisoned, including most leaders of unregistered churches. Often they have to endure atrocious conditions, and some of them die in custody. In April 2010 a 28-year- old university student, Senait Habta, died after being held for two years in a metal shipping container, having refused to abandon her faith in exchange for freedom and medical care. She had been arrested with 15 other students simply for attending a Bible study group.

Barnabas Fund supports a project that provides medication, food and clothing to Christian prisoners. Most of them also have dependent families, whom we help with basics such as food and shelter. After prisoners are released, often with severely damaged health, they are given help with security and medical needs.

Praise God for the faithfulness of Eritrea’s Christians, especially those who risk imprisonment by practising and sharing their faith in public. Pray for them as they experience such severe persecution, asking that the Lord will give them strength to endure their ordeal. Pray especially for those currently in custody and lacking their basic needs. Remember too those who have fl ed the country. Pray for a change of heart among Eritrea’s rulers, and ask that the religious freedom promised in the country’s constitution will become a reality.

 

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