On July 22, I sent an email asking you to pray for two Christian pastors spending their 7,000th day in prison and to demand that the Eritrean government release them and hundreds of other imprisoned Christians. In the days after that email went out, more than 10,000 people added their names to the list of those praying for Pastors Haile Nayzgi and Kiflu Gebremeskel as well as other imprisoned Christians in Eritrea.
On the website, we provided information about sending an email or fax to the Eritrean Embassy on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Eritrea. I don’t know how many emails and faxes were sent, but some readers told us their emails to the embassy were bouncing back. Perhaps embassy staff turned off their email server to stop the deluge of emails from concerned Christians.
Just six days after sending that email, we received word from Christian contacts in Eritrea that 13 Christian prisoners had been set free! These six men and seven women had been in prison for 10 years!
I’m saddened that Pastors Nayzgi and Gebremeskel were not among those released. We continue to pray that they will be freed from their prison cells soon, perhaps even as Peter was set free in Acts 12.
If you’ve already signed your name and committed to pray for prisoners in Eritrea, THANK YOU! Please consider forwarding this email to your pastor or other Christian friends who will join us in prayer.
Our prayers are being answered! Thirteen Eritrean Christians who have been imprisoned for the past 10 years are free today! We celebrate and praise the Lord for their release!
And we continue to pray for and call for the release of the 350+ other Christians imprisoned in Eritrea — our family members for all eternity.