Persecution Update January 2012: Eritrea

According to the US State Department, the small African country of Eritrea is one of the harshest persecutors of Christians since the government banned unregistered churches 10 years ago. More than 3,000 believers are imprisoned, languishing in horrible jail conditions. Each month approximately 1000 Christians attempt to flee Eritrea, but countries like Egypt send them back to face further brutality and even death.  Yet, “God is working mightily; the church is growing,” said an Eritrean church elder.  Pray for sustaining grace for our Eritrean brothers and sisters who suffer for the Gospel’s sake.