21 Evangelical Christians arrested on Good Friday in ERITREA
It is reported that Eritrean military officials arrested 21 Evangelical Christians who gathered to worship on Good Friday. The group consisted of 11 women who were teachers stationed at Sawa military training centre in Western Eritrea. Reports states that those arrested are detained in metal shipping containers and are undergoing military punishment.
12 May 2012 marks 10 years since the government of Eritrea ordered that religious groups outside of the Orthodox, Catholic, Methodist and Islamic traditions be registered. However, those who applied for registration have yet to receive recognition from the government. Christians in Eritrea have faced various kinds of restrictions, ranging from interference into church administration, to arrest and torture. The church in Eritrea estimates that there are currently as many as 1,000 Christians imprisoned for their religious beliefs.
Why not arrange your own special prayer event on either Saturday, May 12, or Sunday, May 13. Prayer cards and other resources available at LovErtrea
Pray for the safety of the 21 Christians detained by authorities
Pray that God would strengthen their faith and protect them in this time of strife
Pray for the release of all Christians languishing in prisons in Eritrea; also pray that amidst their suffering they would experience the presence and love of Christ and be strengthened to endure and radiate grace
Pray that God would bless and comfort the Church in Eritrea
Source: WEA Religious Liberty Commission
For more news and prayer points visit Release-Eritrea