Friday, June 5, 2015

Pray for Persecuted Church: Eritrea

Eritrea has been devastated by civil war and drought. The Marxist government exercises strict control over Eritreans, imprisoning tens of thousands of citizens, torturing at will and pursuing a systematic policy to eradicate evangelical Christianity. Of the 19 people groups, 9 are unreached by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Restricted Nation
Muslim 50.2%, Christian 47.3%
Head of State
President Isaias Afworki

In 2002, the Eritrean government banned all Christian denominations except Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism and Evangelical Lutheranism and banned all other religious practices except Sunni Islam. The government also decreed that non-registered groups could not gather in numbers of more than five. Security forces continue to disrupt private worship, conduct mass arrests at prayer meetings and other gatherings, and detain those arrested without charge for indefinite periods. There are at least 2,000 Christians in prison in Eritrea, and nearly every evangelical has been arrested at least once. Prisoners experience torture and extremely poor living conditions; several have died in custody. In a 2010 year-end crackdown evangelicals, more than 100 Christians were arrested.

Pray: About 2,000 Christians are detained because of their religious beliefs.

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