31 Christians Released from Prison in Eritrea After More than 10 Years

Eritrean prisoners are sometimes held in shipping containers such as this one. (Photo by Victória Kubiaki on Unsplash)

At least 31 Christians have been released from prison in Eritrea. Some had been held for more than 10 years. The government may be releasing prisoners to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

In 2002, Eritrea outlawed all religions aside from Sunni Islam, The Eritrean Orthodox Church, Roman Catholicism, and the Lutheran Church, and the government keeps even these churches on a tight leash. People who worship in unregistered churches are considered enemies of the state.

Greg Musselman of Voice of the Martyrs Canada says Eritrea used to be a part of Ethiopia, and the Gospel grew quickly after the country gained its independence. “Evangelical churches especially were growing. Many people were leaving the state church and becoming evangelicals, and that caused some difficulty for the state church. The government began to basically shut down evangelical churches. Once the churches were closed down, believers continued to meet, and then they were arrested.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray that Eritrean Christians in prison will be strengthened by Christ, and will be released soon.
  • Ask God to heal those Christians who have been released.

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