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ongoing and egregious religious freedom violations [which] include torture,” states the latest report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. “Prisoners are not permitted to pray aloud, sing, or preach, and religious books are banned.” Those released from prison tell of being pressured to deny Christ, and forced to sign statements that they would no longer gather for worship. Pray that Eritrean Christians will stand firm in the faith, be men and women of courage, be strong, and do everything in love (1 Corinthians 16:13). TUESDAY 19 Six Christian men and four Christian women were reported to have been arrested in Eritrea in May. Some weeks earlier two Christian women died in detention at a military camp after they went on hunger strike to protest against the way detainees are abused and Christians persecuted by the Eritrean government. Arbitrary arrest and detention is one of the Eritrean government’s routine ways to crush opposition and “to punish anyone who refuses to comply with the restrictions placed on freedom of religion and belief” (Amnesty International). Although we do not know the details, the Lord looks down from heaven and sees the wrong done to His people in Eritrea. Pray that He will uphold their cause. (Lamentations 3: 50,59) WEDNESDAY 20 On 1 May a new law came into force in Israel, targeting African asylum-seekers (Eritreans and Sudanese). This deducts an extra 20% of their wages (in addition to normal taxes) and requires their employers to add to this another 16%. The money

is held on deposit, and only released if the individual agrees to leave the country permanently. This is causing increased hardship to impoverished asylum-seekers doing low-paid jobs, and discourages employers from hiring them at all. Praise God for the warmth, compassion and generosity of ordinary Israeli people, who donate to help the African asylum-seekers. Pray for a change in government policy. A large majority of the Eritreans are Christians – pray that, despite their circumstances, the God of hope will fill them with joy and peace as they trust in Him (Romans 15:13). THURSDAY 21 Many Eritrean men who have sought asylum in Israel are held in the fearsome Holot Detention Centre. Conditions there got even worse a few months ago, when the detainees’ mobile phones were blocked so they could not contact family and friends. Many had been using their time in detention to study, but now they cannot access the educational materials they used to receive via their mobile wifi hubs. These problems are on top of the meagre food rations, almost nonexistent medical care, and ban on Christian worship which they already lived with. Pray for our brothers, that they may rejoice to participate in the sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 4:12-13). FRIDAY 22 Rains caused terrible devastation in south and west Sri Lanka in late May. Landslides, mudslides and floods killed at least 191 people and displaced 465,000 including some 25,000 Christians. The pastor of a Christian killed by a landslide could not get there to conduct the funeral because the roads were cut off. He told

Barnabas Prayer September October 2017  

Barnabas Prayer September October 2017 A bi-monthly diary of daily prayer points for the persecuted Church around the world. It is part of t...

Barnabas Prayer September October 2017  

Barnabas Prayer September October 2017 A bi-monthly diary of daily prayer points for the persecuted Church around the world. It is part of t...