Oct. 05, 2023 | Eritrea

Former Prisoner Grateful for Prayers

[162] prayers in [10] nations have been posted for Joseph.

A Christian imprisoned in Eritrea several times for his faith expressed gratitude to the global body of Christ for their ongoing support in prayer: “You have been praying for us, and I want to thank you,” Joseph said. He also shared how communism is Eritrea’s most significant challenge and that its president, who trained in China, launched a brutal crackdown on the Christian community in 2004, closing most churches and arresting many Christian leaders. Those imprisoned without trial are held in inhumane conditions, including metal shipping containers. “Prisons in Eritrea … are torture chambers,” Joseph said. Front-line workers believe 350-400 Eritrean Christians remain in prison, but the actual figure is unknown because officials will not release information on prisoners or allow outside contact. But Brother Joseph stated that despite the pressures in his country, “We praise God because the number of believers is growing every day.”

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  • May this prayer be acceptable to You. Jesus, please sustain the Eritrean Christians in prison. Give church leaders wisdom in shepherding their congregations at great personal risk. Help Christian organizations know how to respond and help in persecution. Thank You that the church is growing. Make a way for new believers to be discipled. IJNA
    Allison F - USA
  • Lord God Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in You. Please bless Eritrean believers with faith, hope, and love. Thank You for Joseph's testimony, that he can praise You for the growing church in Eritrea. I pray for new Christians, vulnerable believers, women, children, and imprisoned Christians and pastors. Pour out Your grace on believers. IJNA
    Allison F - USA
  • Oh Lord God, thank You for Joseph and his steady faith in Jesus Christ! I thank You that he realizes other brothers and sisters in Christ are standing with him and all the other believers in prayer and support. I ask that the authorities might come to see that the growing number of Christians in the midst of persecution is because of the Truth! Amen.
    Lynne W - USA
  • Dear Lord, it humbled me to hear of the faith of Your people in Eritrea. I thank you that Joseph is free now and pray that he will stay free from being hunted down and treated so inhumanly. Please rescue Your children physically and turn the hearts of the citizens to Christ. Fill them with Your Holy Spirit of courage. To Your glory in Jesus amen
    Peggy A - USA
  • Father, allow Joseph to continue to be a light for other Christians and those who are currently serving in prison under atrocious conditions. Keep them strong in their faith. Help all Christians threatened by the communist regime and its anti-Christian laws to remain strong. Please lift the veil from these persecutor's eyes. In Jesus's name. Amen
    Judith B - USA
  • Lord I praise You for Joseph's faith and for how he is choosing to seek You and follow You despite what it costs him. I praise You for how his faith is staying strong amidst the oppression and threats. I pray for those who love him and know him to be able to communicate with him and to be able to know You are with him and won't leave him.
    Joy H - USA
  • Lord, thank You that the church is growing even amid such extreme persecution. Please abundantly bless this nation and the church there. Give imprisoned Christians strength and comfort to never renounce their faith. I pray for Christian leaders like Haile N. and Dr Kiflu Gebremeskel. I ask Your richest blessings on Eritrea & pastors. In Jesus Name amen
    Allison F - USA
  • We praise You, All-powerful and Eternal God for our Eritrean family and their unceasing love and faithfulness toward You and Your Kingdom. Thank You that it is growing despite because of their being persecuted. Fill them with joy and hope in believing. Sustain and encourage those who wait for deliverance for themselves and their loved ones.
    Toni D - USA
  • Praise God for the Christian's in Eritrean. Please protect them. Help them stay strong to the faith. Give them peace in there hearts and minds.
    Craig M - USA
  • In the living Word of Jesus, our heavenly Father, God Elohim Chassedi, God of Mercy, as brothers and sisters in Christ we praise You for faithfulness of Eritrean imprisoned Christians. We ask for grace, mercy, a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Thank You God that the number of Christian believers is growing every day in Eritrea! Thank You for Brother Joseph's release. May all Christian prisoners be soon released from prison in Eritrea, and there be a complete transformation of that society to freedom. With You, God, ALL things are possible. Thank You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Christienne D - USA
  • Praise You for Joseph's testimony and for prayer on his behalf. You are good Father. I pray for those who are still imprisoned. O Father, may Your grace and mercy see them thru these brutal conditions. May their eyes focus on the prize of Christ. Lord, may they know the love of Christ thru these great trials. I pray in the strong and holy name of Jesus
    joey S - USA
  • Praise You for Joseph's testimony and for prayer on his behalf. You are good Father. I pray for those who are still imprisoned. O Father, may Your grace and mercy see them thru these brutal conditions. May their eyes focus on the prize of Christ. Lord, may they know the love of Christ thru these great trials. I pray in the strong and holy name of Jesus
    joey S - USA
  • Thanks be to God for that more people are coming to know Jesus even with such persecution. Please release the captive Christians and comfort and provide for their families.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Dear Jesus, thank you for Joseph and his witness and his strength and courage. Send Your Holy Spirit to continue to give him courage and comfort and strength. We do beg for his release as Peter was released. We beg for the release of all Christians and the conversion of leaders and many people in Eritrea.
    Patrecia J - USA
  • Thank You, Lord God, for continuing to bring people to Yourself in the midst of extreme persecution. I pray for those who are still in prison, that they would be encouraged by Your word being brought to mind, and knowing that they are remembered and prayed for by the body of Christ. May those like Joseph continue to walk faithfully with You.
    Danielle H - USA
  • In the hopeful name of Jesus, our heavenly Father, Miqweh Israel, God of Hope, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for the hope that Joseph and other Eritrean prisoners have. We ask for provision, hedge of protection, and angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, take care of Your children who are suffering such harsh persecution. They are precious in Your sight. I would ask for their release, but I simply pray Your will be done. Keep Your children safe and encouraged in You. Great is their reward in heaven. Help the guards who see these prisoners to see Jesus and believe. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
    Terry K - USA
  • Heavenly Father, we praise You and and worship You for who You are and all You do. We thank You for all the believers in Eritrea. We thank You for the Gospel of Jesus spreading like wildfire and many are coming to faith. Glory to the Father, Glory to the Son and Glory to the Holy Spirt. In Jesus Precious and wonderful name Amen.
    Alvin A - USA
  • God please bless Joseph for his unwavering belief even though being a Christian in communist ruled Eritrea is so difficult and an unknown number of fellow Christians remain in the horrible prisons, May your love and grace be a comfort to all those Christians in Eritrea in prisons, May they receive many prayers. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen
    Judith B - USA
  • Almighty God, I lift up these Christians in Eritrea who are being held in horrendous circumstances. Please help them. Strengthen their faith. Meet the needs of each individual such as Joseph who look to you for help and salvation. I pray that through this experience, the name of Jesus Christ will be glorified. I pray that your light will shine there.
    Julia F - USA
  • Our Father, we pray for our brother Joseph, and for all Your children who are suffering in Eritrea. Be with the families of these believers as they wait for their loved ones to come home. Strengthen and comfort Your children, and bless those who are coming to Jesus. May those in need of salvation see Jesus and come to Him. In Jesus' name, Amen
    Elizabeth S - USA
  • Loving Father, please provide protection, comfort, strength, encouragement & guidance for Joseph &all Eritrean believers. Keep them strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. Thank You for Joseph's release from prison. May many other Christians in Eritrean prisons be released & reunited with their families. Glorify Your name in Eritrea
    Julie C - USA
  • Father, all glory to Your Name! You are The One doing all the mighty works we hear about. Thank You for moving our hearts to pray & also for helping them to endure persecution. Thank You Jesus for Joseph & his like. We will continue to pray & enforce Your Mandate that The Light of The Gospel will shine all over the world. More will come to Christ, amen
    Maureen E - USA
  • In the loving name of Jesus, our heavenly Father Agape, God Who loves, as brothers and sisters in Christ, we praise You for faithfulness of Joseph and other Eritrian believers. We praise You for Your love for them, Your call to and upon them. We ask for a hedge of protection, angels direct from heaven to encamp around and minister to them. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Joseph & all believers in Eritrea: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for Joseph's prison release! May many other Christians in Eritrean prisons be released & reunited with their families. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Lord Jesus thank you for the resilience of Brother Joseph as he continues to bring others to you so that they can be forgiven of their sins and find eternal life. Send your Holy angels to protect him from those who wish him harm. May the Holy Spirit shine brightly upon his witness. In your Holy name I humbly pray, Amen.
    Chaplain Dale I - USA
  • Oh my Father how I give praise to You for dear brother Joseph and the believers there in Eritrea who despite such persecution, they remain faithful in their service and in all things continue to give praise and thanks to You. Bless them immensely I pray in Yahusha's name. Thank You for their faithfulness.
    Yahliah M - USA
  • Dear God & Father, I pray for Joseph & all believers in Eritrea: Protect, provide for, comfort, strengthen, encourage & guide them. May they stay strong & united in faith, hope & love, committed to Christ. I praise You for Joseph's prison release! May many Christians in Eritrean prisons be freed. I praise You for church growth! In Jesus' Name. Amen.
    Lisa D - USA
  • Father, we praise you for true servants of God, like Joseph. Sustain them with the power of your Holy Ghost give them a renewed physical strength, a deeper faith, a greater outlook, mentally, and spiritually while they await your timing for their release. In Jesus name. Amen!
    Jennie P - USA
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