Eritrea

28 04 2020

Eritrea is in Africa. And it is surely a nation that needs our prayers.

In 1993, Eritrea espoused a Marxist ideology (which Ethiopia broke free of—and the Addis Ababa ‘Never Again’ Red Terror Museum tells the brutal story of ‘why’), and it placed severe restriction upon people’s freedom.

Capital: Asmara. A beautiful city.  It looks more European, than most African cities. Why? The Italian’s colonised Eritrea from 1890-1941.

Eritrea is bordered by the Red Sea. In terms of its people, they really belong together with their inland neighbour, Ethiopia. Many natural inter-related families. However, power-politics, increased poverty, suppression of genuine faith and religion, interference and war have produced a nation that has many troubles. Lord have mercy! May the help of God, in Christ, continue to flow to the people of Eritrea.

  • “Eritrea’s Capital Is Lovely. But Scratch the Surface and You’ll Find a Terrifying Reality. People are jailed in cellars of houses, a network of informers has destroyed trust between people and hundreds of thousands have fled. A rare visit to the ‘North Korea of Africa’. “
  • In Asmara, “The streets in the city center are spotless. There’s very little traffic, people walk in the center of the road, no one honks. Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, appears to be one of the loveliest and most pleasant cities in Africa. Orderly and quiet, the place seems like a sort of souvenir from the 20th century. As in Cuba, the cars are mostly old, from the 1960s and ‘70s. The many VW Beetles stand out. Italian architectural gems evoke the pre-World War II colonial period”.

  • “A stranger visiting the city won’t sense that anything is amiss. Outwardly, nothing suggests that this is one of the most insular dictatorships in the world, the North Korea of Africa. President Isaias Afwerki has ruled the country with an iron hand for 25 years. In Afwerki’s Eritrea, men serve in the army from age 17 until as late as age 50. Until recently, soldiers deployed along the borders were under orders to shoot anyone trying to flee to one of the neighboring countries. And throughout Eritrea, citizens are entangled in an extensive government-run network of informers: Students betray friends who have deserted the army; housewives inform on neighbors who criticize the regime and so on.” (Magazine, source, below).

  • See: https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-eritrea-s-capital-is-lovely-but-under-the-surface-is-a-terrifying-reality-1.7088041
  • See: https://www.wsj.com/articles/eritreans-flee-conscription-and-poverty-adding-to-the-migrant-crisis-in-europe-1445391364

Religions: (1) Sunni Islam (2) Orthodox (3) Roman Catholic (4) Lutheran.

Population: 6.7 million.    87% Semitic African, Afar, Saho, others.  7.8% Arab.

Language: Tigrinya, Tigre, Arabic, English.

Answers to prayer:

  1. The Growth of the Church in Eritrea is strong. Persecution and the closure of denominations produced a flowering house church movement. Many in prison have received the Gospel. (Operation World, p. 323)
  2. Jesus Christ has come into the world, for such a people as this. And he is establishing his people in places where many would imagine it to be impossible. The Ascended Christ is Lord over all governments, times and places.

Prayer Points:

  1. For peace with neighbouring Ethiopia.
  2. For religious freedom.
  3. For protection from severe persecution of Christians.
  4. For wisdom and courage for Christian leaders.
  5. For expelled missionaries and foreign workers who have a heart for the people.
  6. For the success of the radio and TV ministry.
  7. For the Living Lord to draw Eritreans to hope in him.

 

 

 


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