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More than 2,000 Christians in Marxist leaning Eritrea are imprisoned for their faith.. About half the population is Sunni Muslim, and the balance is Christian with a small fraction of Buddhists and Bahai.   The government views leaders of large unregistered churches as threats and fear they will expose abuses and conditions in the prisons. As a result it is extremely difficult for relatives to visit those in prison, and inmates are not allowed to receive or send letters. One evangelist incarcerated since 2006 for his activities is receiving especially harsh treatment because of his ministry to inmates, according to Compass Direct News. Teame Weldegebriel is close to despair languishing at the Mai Sirwa Maximum Security prison. “It seems that hell has broken loose on me,” Weldegebriel told Compass sources. “Please tell the brethren to continue praying for me. I am not sure I will see them again.” Teame is considered dangerous due to his boldness in sharing Christ, leading to the conversion of many. His family is concerned for his health, and has not been allowed to visit him.
Pray for the Spirit’s sustenance of Teame, as many inmates are said to have insufficient food.
Pray that Eritrea would finally implement its 1997 constitution which provides for religious freedom.
Pray that the many reported converts to Christ in Eritrea would stand strong in the faith regardless of the difficulties being experienced. 

International Christian Concern releases a yearly report on the ten countries most guilty of persecuting Christians.  Please read it, pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and pray for those persecuting them. 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 43-45, ESV)

Isaias Afewerki has been President of Eritrea since 1993.  He was born February 2, 1946, in Asmara, Eritrea’s capital. 

BBC News reports that presidential elections were supposed to take place in 1997 but never did.  Eritrea’s news sources are all government-owned; only the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahdo Church, Sunni Islam, Catholicism, and the Evangelical Lutheran church are officially recognized.  Other religious groups are required to register with the government but those “that have met all of the registration requirements have still not received official recognition” (Wikipedia).  Refugees from Eritrea report torture they endured because of their Christian faith, and Patriarch Abune Antonios is under house arrest, though he heads the government-recognized Eritrean Orthodox Church. 

Please pray for Isaias Afewerki, that God would change him and his officials, that justice would be done in Eritrea for people of all faiths, that Christians would be able to share their faith and worship openly, and that the whole country would come to know and glorify God through Christ. 

For more information on Afewerki and Eritrea, visit the following links: (details torture and imprisonment of Christians)

Sources: Wikipedia, BBC News

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1Tim. 2:1-2, ESV). 

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 43-45, ESV)

Evangelist Ambaye was arrested for sharing his faith, and has been imprisoned in Eritrea since May 2005.  Please pray that God would comfort and strengthen him while in prison, that He would continue giving him opportunities to tell guards and other prisoners about Christ, and that all people in Eritrea would come to know and glorify Him. 

To learn more about Ambaye, visit Prisoner Alert at  You can write a letter to Ambaye by following that link or you can see ‘Writing to Prisoners’ in the Blogroll at the bottom of this blog. 

Pray for Dr. Kiflu Gebremeskel, pastor of Southwest Full Gospel Church in Eritrea; he was arrested May 23, 2004, and his family has not been allowed to see him.  Pray that God will bless him with many opportunities to share his faith with his guards and other prisoners, and that he, his wife, and their children will continue to cling to God and His Word; also, pray for the gospel to spread even more through this persecution.  For more information about Dr. Gebremeskel, visit

From Prisoner Alert:

“During the early morning hours of May 23, 2004, Haile Nayzgi was arrested and taken to Police Station #1 in Asmara. He was the leader of Eritrea’s Full Gospel Church, which is comprised of 120 to 150 house meeting groups.”

Pray for Haile Nayzgi’s safety and release, and that his family would be able to contact him.  Pray most of all that they would all find comfort in God, even after four years, and that Haile Nayzgi and the other Christians imprisoned in Eritrea would be able to share their faith with guards and other prisoners.  For more information about Haile Nayzgi, visit

Visit this link to learn more about the African nation of Eritrea and what it’s like there for our brothers and sisters in Christ.