In this week's episode of VOMRadio we talk with Dr. Berhane, a Christians from the small African nation of Eritrea--a nation where almost 1,000 Christians are currently in prison for their faith.
Dr. Berhane spent 11 months in prison for his Christian work; he watched friends and fellow prisoners led away to execution. But he also saw God’s hand at work as fellow prisoners accepted the gospel message and turned their hearts toward Christ.
Dr. Berhane shares movingly the lessons God taught him through days of dark suffering, and how he prepared himself to face persecution. He also offers updates on the current persecution of Christians in Eritrea and how we can pray for that nation.
Among the gems from the interview:
“I think we have to read the Scripture as it is. Sometimes we select some Scriptures that deal with blessing and we just want to meditate on them. But we have to balance it. Of course God is the God who blesses us. But sometimes also He lets us go through suffering in order to share in His suffering. How do we understand the cross unless we suffer?”
There are currently three Christian prisoners from Eritrea listed on PrisonerAlert. Write letters to them, and to Eritrean government officials, here.
You can also listen to previous episodes of VOMRadio, including discussions of China, Iran, Iraq and other nations.