Day 30

DECEMBER | 2022

Eritrea

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

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).

Source:

https://releaseinternational.org/eritrea-another-100-christians-detained/

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

Eritrea remains in 6th position in the World Watch report 2022 by Open Doors as Christian persecution is rampant. His Excellency Isaias Afwerki is the president. Located on the Red Sea, Eritrea is governed by a totalitarian regime that seeks to control every aspect of life. Some have compared Eritrea to the “hermit kingdom” of North Korea, as it is one of the most secretive and isolated countries in the world. The government maintains tight control of approved Churches, including their messages. Years of communism, required military service, and economic depression have forced many Eritreans, including evangelical believers, to flee the country. Eritrea has outlawed Churches, arrested pastors, and continues to round up and torture Christians. Despite almost half the population identifying as Christian, believers in Eritrea continue to suffer extreme persecution, making it one of the hardest places in the world to follow Jesus.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Isaias Afewerki
HEAD OF GOV.
President Isaias Afewerki
POPULATION
6,528,000
CHRISTIANS
48.8%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
2.1%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
6
REFUGEES
2,920
LIFE EXPECTANCY
63.81 yrs
LITERACY RATE
80%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
50%