Pastor Haile Naygi has been in prison since 2004.
Pastor Haile Naygi has been in prison since 2004.
Aug. 06, 2020 | Eritrea

More than 600 Christians Now Imprisoned in Eritrea

[192] prayers in [15] nations have been posted for Imprisoned Christians.

The number of Christians imprisoned in Eritrea has reportedly risen to 640 in recent months. In May, 15 women were arrested at a house church and are now imprisoned in Mai Serwa, the same prison where Helen Berhane was held in a shipping container. Thirty people arrested at a wedding in late June are being held at a police station in Asmara, where Christians have in the past been detained for years on end. And another group of Christians were recently released from the notorious Dahlak Kebir island prison, which has been described as a huge jail constructed of sheet-metal buildings and shipping containers. Although the prisoners have been released, they are not allowed to leave the island and are still being used as slave labor by the government. Continue to pray for these prisoners as well as some others who have been held for nearly two decades.

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  • Dear Lord,
    We lift up our Christian Brothers and sisters in Eritrea to You. They have suffered to much for Your name's sake. What powerful faith, to stand strong in the face of such persecution for so many years! Lord, fill them constantly with Your strength, grace and peace. No matter what they may face, may they feel Your Presence with them. Anen
    Madison F - USA
  • Father God, we pray for your people who are imprisoned in Eritrea, and for their loved ones. Give them great courage. May your presence completely overwhelm them with peace and joy. Unite your people in that country and build your church in a powerful, unstoppable way. May the persecution only serve to strengthen the church. IJNA
    Kevin R - USA
  • Jesus, help your people in Eritrea. Please don't let them be slaughtered and mistreated. Save them.
    michele r - USA
  • Father, only you could help in this situation. I pray for my brothers and sisters. Pour out your Spirit upon them to endure whatever they must face. may they feel your presence. I pray all the prisoners there that they would see their need for you. Use your children. Father, your will be done. May your children feel your arms around them. Move Father
    polly c - USA
  • Gracious and Holy Father of Heaven and Earth. Have mercy on our imprisoned brothers and sisters in Eritrea. Give them the joy and peace of the Holy Spirit during theses difficult times. Let them draw strength and courage from prayer and your word. Holding on to the promises of God. Save the persecutors from their sins. In Jesus Precious Name Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
  • Thank You for the grace You have poured out on those who have suffered for You in Eritrea. Their lives have brought You much glory as they have suffered faithfully under these terrible conditions. Strengthen those who have been newly arrested to live out the same faithfulness. Provide strength for those who are still captives and working as slaves.
    Toni D - USA
  • Father, You give wisdom and strength to those that You love. I ask that You will be with all Christians facing persecution in Eritrea. Most importantly, I ask that You will give strength and wisdom to Christians who have been imprisoned for their faith. I ask that You will guide them to be a light for others and to have the strength to endure.
    Spencer B - USA
  • Help our brothers and sisters be released from their bondage.
    Debbie V - USA
  • God, You know the persecution of my brothers and sisters in Eritrea is severe. I pray most of all for their faithfulness, that they would never deny Christ and return to their false religion. I also pray they will strengthen and encourage one another, as able, while You also provide them strength. I also pray for the release of each one, by Your will.
    Curtis M - USA
  • Lord Jesus I lift up all Christians in Eritrea in Your Hands and sincerely pray for their safety and protection. I ask You Jesus that all those who are against them may turn to You and be saved. I pray for the entire region of Eritrea to be a Christian area. I pray for the release of Pastor Haile Naygi and his safety, In Jesus Name, Amen
    Lynn D - India
  • Merciful Father, Eritrean Christians also face intense persecution and imprisonment just for loving You. Set your angels about them like a hedge to protect them amidst this trouble. Help them find favor in the eyes of their captors that they remain unharmed and even able to minister to oppressors, Deliver them from unjust detention. In Jesus name Amen.
    Robert C - Canada
  • OH LORD JESUS!!! We cry out to you on behalf of these believers. Please sustain them in this trial. Please preserve their lives and please end thier oppression. Please give them hope and comfort. Please help each one as You know best. Please be glorified greatly in all of this.
    Susan B - USA
  • In the name of Jesus, I rebuke the devil and command this injustice to stop. Lord set the captives free to deliver them from bondage and slavery! All things work together for the good of those who are called by God according to His purpose. I thank you Jesus for turning this situation around and bring restoration to this nation. Lord have mercy on them
    Jay F - USA
  • Lord God, You are the King of justice who sees Your people suffering in Eritrea. Please bring light and truth to bear on these situations and may they be set free. May they be strengthened and upheld by the power of Your Spirit and may Your gospel go forth boldly because of their witness. Encourage them with Your love today.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Father God we ask you to deliver your children from imprisonment in Eritrea. Let your kingdom come in the hearts of those in authority to recognise that you are the King above all authority. I ask all that in the name of Jesus Christ.
    Dumezweni M - South Africa
  • Holy Spirit wrap Your arms of love over our imprisoned brethren, may they know Your peace like a river, peace that passes all understanding! Keep them strong in faith and in health! We declare Eritrea is for Christ in the name of Jesus Christ!
    Cherechi E - Nigeria
  • Lord, we grieve at the treatment of these believers, and we remember that you too were mistreated. May these brothers and sisters find the joy that comes from sharing in your suffering, knowing that you are there with them. Thank you that you see them and know them and care for their needs. Please give them hope and may they see miraculous deliverance.
    Jackie V - USA
  • Lord, we know that You see the pain and suffering of those who have been imprisoned for the gospel. Please help them to continue to serve You as they are incarcerated. We also pray for thei families, please give them provisions, rest and comfort and help their faith grow. Prisoners in Eritrea are rarely released, please help their faith grow in You!
    Donna H - USA
  • Heavenly Father: Sustain the dear believers in Eritrea who have been imprisoned in harsh conditions. Bring their suffering to an end. Give them grace to forgive those who mistreat them. Break hearts over sin and draw them to salvation, in Jesus' name, Amen.
    Nancy R - USA
  • Sovereign and Almighty God, I pray that you will come to the rescue of these dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Have mercy on them and help them. Bring them hope and courage in the midst of their trials. Please provide them with comfort and food and love from their families. Strengthen them with your presence. Shine a light and make it known. Amen.
    Julia F - USA
  • Lord,
    Thank You for our brothers and sisters in Eritrea and their willingness to follow You despite intense persecution at the hands of the state. I pray that You would encourage those who've been imprisoned; we are grateful for their release from prison and pray that they will be released from slave labor. We also pray for the release of Pastor Naygi.
    Lysander S - USA
  • Father God, persecution and harsh treatment has become a common threat towards your servants. We pray for protection and the release of Your devout followers, in JESUS name amen
    anthony c - USA
  • Jesus, You see Your people in Eritrea. Just as You led Your people out of Egypt, You are powerful enough to protect and free Your people in Eritrea. Please comfort and encourage them, and bring Your love, mercy and justice sweeping through this country.
    Elizabeth M - USA
  • Father, I praise you that you are the " Lord (who) hears the needy and does not despise his captive people." (Psalm 69:33) Please provide and protect these dear brothers and sisters. Give them the strength and grace to go through each day and to experience the joy of the Lord even in suffering. May they trust Jesus fully. Thank you. Amen
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Lord, we ask for our Eritrean brothers and sisters in Christ not to despair and lose hope in You and that they would find grace and strength and encouragement as they secretly meet together while in prison and that fellowships within the prison would spring up and that many would come to a saving faith through the bold witness of these believers, amen.
    Matt B - USA
  • Oh Father words cannot express our earnest plea for Your abundant grace and mercy in the lives of these dear brothers & sisters. Sustain them. Put Your arms around them &,hold them up. Encourage them. Help them know You never leave or forsake them. Protect them from harm. Keep their hope in You strong. Amen.
    Carolann P - Canada
  • Dear God,
    Have mercy on bold believers in Eritrea who are suffering greatly for their faith in you. Set the captives free and may even their tormentors be converted to your kingdom. Thank you in Jesus name we pray...
    Robert M - USA
  • Father I pray for the imprisoned Christians protect them and give them strength. Help them to have peace of mind. Thank you for those that have been released. I pray that you would give them favour with the officials, that they would be released. Help their families, provide for them. In Jesus Christ name amen
    Diane E - Canada
  • Father, I pray for the prisoners in Eritrea. I pray You grant them strength to endure, grace and mercy. I pray the government would relent in their persecution that they may live in peace. Lord, their inheritance is the Kingdom of God we know, but we ask for mercy and grace in the situation they now go through. Lord, we look forward to Your return!!
    scott L - USA
  • Dear Lord, please take care of these believers. Strengthen their faith during this persecution and provide for their needs. Give them wisdom on how to handle each situation. Soften the hearts of their persecutors and call them to believe so that they, too, may come to know Jesus Christ and His love for everyone.
    Betty A - USA
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