(ASSIST News Service)
Release Eritrea!, a human rights group working to restore freedom of religion to the people of Eritrea and release for those imprisoned for their faith, says that security forces in Asmara stormed and detained around 80 high school students in a public park where they were holding an end of term party. The government of Eritrea seems to have intensified its purge against Eritrean evangelicals and members of the closed churches by removing not only their rights to religious freedom, but also their rights to any form of social life. There is great concern for these youths, given the record of the government of Eritrea concerning prisoners and detainees. (Click here)
Pray our God of power and might will protect them from serious harm and allow them to be released quickly. Pray evangelical Christians in Eritrea will have the heart of Christ toward those who oppose them. Pray God will soften the hearts of the authorities to know His mercy and compassion.
Andrew Akume, a Christian lecturer and dean of the faculty of law at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Kaduna State, has disappeared after receiving a death sentence from a militant Muslim group. Shortly before his disappearance, Akume submitted a petition to ABU denying accusations that he had blasphemed Mohammed. The Christian Association of Nigeria has submitted a memorandum to the nation's National Political Reform Conference, cataloging cases of persecution and discrimination against Christians. It states that while the Nigerian constitution professes a secular status for the nation, the 12 states in Northern Nigeria that have implemented Islamic law promote and propagate Islam using public funds.
Pray God will comfort Akume's family and friends, working a miracle of His grace, to return him quickly.Pray Christians around the world will pray for their brothers and sisters in Northern Nigeria. Pray Nigerian Christians will be wise yet innocent as they deal with their Muslim neighbors.
If you're interested in receiving all the weekly prayers requests, please sign up today at http://www.persecution.com