In connection with the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, we will spend the 2 weeks surrounding November 1 & 8 praying for the 10 nations where Christians face the worst persecution. Check back each weekday from October 26 through November 6 for a post focusing our prayer on a particular nation, and consider making prayer for the persecuted church a regular part of your personal worship. “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3)

#9 – Eritrea

Flag_of_Eritrea.svgGovernment: One-party state
Leader: President Isaias Afewerki
Population: 6.7 million
Christians: 2.5 million (37.3%)
Persecution Level: Extreme
Persecution Source: Dictatorial paranoia / Islamic extremism / Ecclesiastical arrogance
Other Information: In addition to facing persecution from the state and Muslims, Protestants and non-traditional Christians also face persecution from the established and state-recognized Orthodox and Catholic churches. Christians have been arrested and imprisoned (sometimes in storage containers) without due process of law.

Prayer Points:

  • For the hundreds of Eritrean Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith
  • That the government would soften its stance on evangelical Christians and give them the freedom to worship Jesus without restrictions
  • That the rise of Islamic extremism will be stifled

Source: Open Doors; The Voice of the Martyrs