In mid-March, 29 evangelical Christians were arrested when Eritrean security forces raided a home prayer meeting in Asmara.
According to reports, 17 women and 12 men were taken to the Mai Serwa prison camp on the outskirts of the capital city.
It is unknown what precipitated this attack. Since worship outside of government-recognised churches is illegal, most gatherings take place in private homes.
However, each residential area is known to have government spies who report ‘unusual activities’ to the authorities.
Over the years, Christians in Eritrea have been held indefinitely without charges, sometimes for weeks. There are also numerous cases in which people have been held for several years without charge. Compounding the unjust treatment of Eritrean citizens – many of them reputed as good standing and well-educated Christian leaders, conditions at the notorious Mai Serwa prison are noted to be overcrowded, unsanitary, and subjected to the country’s harsh climate.
Source: Church in Chains
Let us pray.
- Pray for these recently arrested Christians, as well as the many other believers who are currently being held in Eritrean prisons because of their unwavering allegiance to Christ.
- Pray these suffering followers of Jesus will have opportunities to encourage one another to remain strong in their faith and to share the blessed eternal hope they have in Him with other prisoners.
- Pray for their release so they can be reunited with their families.