The Eritrean regime is authoritarian and intolerant towards any form of association, dissent and free expression. The government’s attempt to control all religious institutions was particularly evident in the deposing and replacing of the Patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Church (EOC) in 2007, and he has remained under house arrest ever since. The EOC itself persecutes those who leave the EOC and become Evangelical or Pentecostal believers. The dire situation overall in Eritrea is contributing to the global refugee crisis. Thousands, including Christians, continue to flee the country. The government’s treatment of Christian prisoners, thousands of whom have been arrested and imprisoned, has received a great deal of international attention. Many have been locked in shipping containers and died as a result.
RECENT NEWS FROM ERITREA
3 YEARS IN AN ERITREAN PRISON Found in Prayer Alerts
Over the years we have often asked supporters to pray that the Lord would give Christians imprisoned for their faith in Eritrea hope in the midst of their suffering and enable them to share the gospel with their persecutors. The story of Aberash is an example of how the Lord answers our prayers for His own glory. + READ MORE
HE WANTED DEATH. INSTEAD, RESURRECTION Found in Stories
“Why am I in here?” He demanded an answer as he prayed in his prison cell. “I was doing good things for you! Why did you let this happen to me?” After two years of persecution, Aberash was angry with God. He was arrested for hosting church gatherings in his home and sent to an […] + READ MORE
UNTIL WE FIND OUR WAY BACK Found in Stories
For years following Pastor Naigzhi’s arrest in 2004, his wife Awet* and their three children waited patiently for his release. But everything changed in 2013, when Awet received credible information that the government wanted to arrest her and the children. + READ MORE
PRAYER POINTS FOR ERITREA
- Pray for Christians imprisoned under horrific conditions to shine as lights to their captors.
- Pray that President Afewerki would find true life and fulfillment in Christ.
- Pray that believers in Eritrea would be able to fix their eyes fully on Christ as they undergo persecution for following Him.