Elderly Pastors Imprisoned for their Faith in Eritrea

09/10/2021 Eritrea (International Christian Concern) –In late July, two elderly pastors were arrested in Eritrea and have yet to be release.

Pastor Girmay Araya (75) and Pastor Samuel Okbamichael (74) were taken from their homes in the middle of the night and brought to an unknown location,” reported the news agency Church in Chains. “It later emerged that the two pastors were taken to the maximum-security Wengel Mermera Central Criminal Investigation interrogation centre…”

“Police also intended to arrest Pastor Georgio Gebreab (72),” continued the news source, “but they found him sick in bed and told him he was under house arrest until he is well enough to be taken into custody.

While Eritrea is one of the most difficult countries in the world to survive as a Christian,  few people  truly understand the harsh conditions taking place in the country today.

Ruled by a military dictatorship, Eritrea has an estimated 500 Christian prisoners of faith. When arrested, persecuted Christians often disappear without a trace, leaving their loved ones with no information on their whereabouts or safety. Prison conditions are some of the harshest in the world, with inmates kept in shipping containers and believers often tortured in an attempt to get them to renounce their faith.

Please pray for the release of Pastor Girmay Araya and Pastor Samuel Okbamichael, as well as for all of those who are unjustly incarcerated around the world. Please also pray for the many persecuted Christians in Eritrea, that the Lord would strengthen and uphold them during these difficult times.

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