The repeated tragedy of migrant boats capsizing in 2013 has drawn attention to the repressive circumstances for Christians in Eritrea. Those in the Coptic Church enjoy relative freedom, but Christians of other denominations suffer house raids, arrests and systematic torture. Gabriella is an influential Christian in the underground church who was interrogated, tortured and kept in solitary confinement – but she never denied Christ. She describes her time in prison as “a honeymoon with Jesus.”
- Give thanks for the resilient faith of Christians like Gabriella; remember those imprisoned in harsh circumstances.
- That the Lord would comfort the grieving and broken-hearted families who have lost loved ones.
- For the protection of Open Doors work in providing relief assistance to families in need.
Quick Facts About Eritrea:
Government: One-party state
Main Religion: Islam/Christianity
Source of persecution: Dictatorial paranoia/Islamic extremism