Twenty-five more Christians were recently arrested in the town of Dekemhare, adding to the approximate 300 Christians arrested earlier this year. The 25 were from various denominations around town and were arrested on the last weekend in November. According to VOM contacts, they are being held at Mai Serwa prison, which is outside the capital city of Asmara and where conditions are better than in some of the desert prisons. The Eritrean government arrested around 300 people in June 2019, bringing the total number of known Christian prisoners to around 600. In the past, as many as 3,000 Christians have been held, and many Eritreans continue to flee the country every day. Pray for the believers in prison to stay committed to their faith and to be strengthened through the Holy Spirit in whatever circumstances they face.
Recent Prayer Requests
Praise God for the Release of Four Men and Faithfulness of Seven FamiliesFour Christian men arrested over the past two months were released from jail recently. The first believer to be arrested, "Sanyahak," was detained in early October after 40 people came to know Christ through his witness. The three other men were later arrested, amid ongoing harassment of seven Christian families in the community.
Pray for Arrested Christian Students and Children of Arrested ParentsSixteen Christian students were arrested earlier this month, the latest in a series of arrests since May 2017. The students, who were arrested after being discovered praying together, were held for more than two weeks before being released.
Village Bans Buddhists from Selling Food to ChristiansAuthorities in a Buddhist village recently established a law forbidding Buddhists from hiring Christians for work and from renting or selling anything to Christians. As a result, believers in the village are unable to buy food. Every day, village authorities pressure the Christians to return to Buddhism, promising that if they do they will be able to buy food again. The believers, however, are standing firm. "This is not a game," one Christian replied. "We were baptized. We believe in Christ 100 percent and we will die believing."
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