Eritrean Christians have just marked 20 years of state persecution. Authorities raided premises where Christians were gathered for worship in Eritrea. They seized 150 believers during the raid on the Godaif district in the southern part of the capital, Asmara. The authorities released some women with children, but they continue to hold 98 Christians in Mai Serwa prison. There are now more than 300 Christians imprisoned for their faith in Eritrea. Many are detained indefinitely, without charge and without trial. Most of the Christian prisoners are believed to be Pentecostal or Evangelical. Pray for those kept in steel shipping containers, exposed to the searing desert heat by day and the bitter cold by night and who are beaten and tortured. Pray for the prisoners to believe in Christ because of the faithful witness of Christians who have been jailed for their faith (The Bible, Matthew 10:18).
Hundreds of people took to the streets in Lhasa protesting the endless COVID-19 lockdowns imposed by the Chinese government. It is believed to be the first protests held in the city since 2008. Those protests were violently squashed, while recent protests appear to have been peaceful. Lhasa had been locked down for more than two months when the protests took place. Patience with China’s zero-Covid policy is running out. Pray for peace. Pray for this virus to be managed well. Pray that it will not be an excuse for prolonged controlling lockdowns anymore. Speak out over Tibetans the truth that we celebrate this month, that God loves them so much He sent His only Son (The Bible, John 1:14).
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is greatly concerned by the recent escalation of violence in northwest Syria, including shelling and airstrikes, which have resulted in civilian deaths and casualties in and around camps for internally displaced persons in the Idlib governorate. He called on all parties to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from escalating the situation and reaffirmed the need for a nationwide ceasefire. Humanitarian conditions continue to decline due to ongoing hostilities and a deepening economic crisis. At least 121 civilians have been killed and 210 others injured in northwest Syria this year. Nearly 4.1 million people — 80 per cent of them women and children — rely on UN aid to meet their most basic needs. Pray for a lasting solution for the war-ridden Syria. Pray for millions of vulnerable children to be protected (The bible, Isaiah 49:25).
Franklin Graham and his ministry, Samaritan’s Purse, has been working in Mongolia for 20 years. They primarily help children born with congenital heart problems, such as a hole in the heart, to receive surgery for their conditions in the US, Canada, and Cayman Islands. More than 450 children have benefited from the surgery bringing life and wholeness. Praise God for the blessing this ministry has been to so many families. Pray that the Light of Jesus will shine brightly through this ministry. Pray that many Mongolians will hear the Gospel this Christmas season (The Bible, Romans 1:16).