You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. (2Co 1:11 ESV)

Eritrea is one of the least developed countries in the world. Isaias Afwerki has served as president since its independence in 1993. Eritrea has never had a functioning constitution nor elections. Isaias is the sole power in the country, controlling its judiciary and military. The government's human rights record is among the worst in the world. Eritrea recognizes three Christian denominations (Eritrean Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran). Anyone who follows Jesus outside of the sanctioned churches is subject to arrest, torture, imprisonment, and eventual death. Even those within the recognized denominations are targets for surveillance and arrest.

Country Stats

Capital City: Asmara
Government: Totalitarian Dictatorship
Population: 3.6–6.7 million (2020 est)
Religion: The population is nearly evenly divided between Sunni Muslims and Orthodox Christians. About 3 percent hold evangelical Christian beliefs, which the government considers illegal.
Evangelical churches must meet secretly. The government infiltrates underground churches and imprisons their leaders. Up to 1000 believers are in prison, including several top leaders. Imprisoned Christians are not given a trial or allowed to see their families. The conditions inside these “prisons” are some of the harshest in the world. Christian prisoners have only meager rations and are held in shipping containers in extreme desert conditions for years. When long-term prisoners are released, they are blacklisted by the government. Following Jesus in Eritrea comes at an incredible cost, but courageous believers continue to walk with Him.

How to Pray

  • Pray for the Eritrean government to stop persecuting our brothers and sisters in Christ and release all prisoners. 
  • Pray that the Lord will preserve the faith of our Eritrean  
    brothers and sisters, especially those facing persecution.  
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts of the Eritrean people so many would repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ through the faithful witness of courageous believers.

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