Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) said Sunday’s meeting was organized by the Eritrean Evangelical Fellowship in Africa and the Middle East (EEF-AME) in an attempt to focus on "suffering" believers.
Besides the Eritrean Christian Diaspora, participants also included Kenyan, American and Ethiopian Christians as well as Messianic Jews, one of whom had traveled from Israel "with a message of encouragement and blessing for persecuted Eritrean Christians," added CSW.
The May 13 prayer meeting started in the afternoon and ended at in the late evening only because the venue "had to close for the night. It was marked by powerful prophetic declarations, insights and visions alongside intercession and praise," CSW claimed in a message to BosNewsLife.
Eritrean Christian leaders thanked fellow believers around the world that had joined them in prayer for Eritrea with some delegates suggesting that political and spiritual changes "were imminent" in the troubled African nation. "May all those who have been praying about Eritrea share in its coming blessing as you have shared in our suffering," the EEF-AME said.
CSW’s National Director Stuart Windsor stressed that as Eritrea "is such a closed nation" Christians "rely on the power of prayer to see an end to the spiritual repression they are suffering." He said that, "Christians around the world have a duty to pray for the approximately 2000 Eritrean Christians, including the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, who are currently indefinitely detained and often tortured for their faith."
Human rights groups say the Christians have been detained across the Eastern African nation,
in some cases even in shipping containers. Later this month, May 26, CSW and the Eritrean human rights NGO Release-Eritrea-UK will be co-hosting a prayer event for Eritrea at the Salvation Army’s Regent Hall in Oxford Street, London, CSW said, referring to website www.csw.org.uk/Events for more details.
The Eritrean government has denied any wrongdoing saying it says it wants to protect the country against dangerous sects. (With BosNewsLife Research and reporting from Eritrea).
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