Eritrea (MNN) — Eritrea is in the headlines again. But this time, it’s not entirely about the refugees.
Instead, Greg Musselman with Voice of the Martyrs Canada says focus needs to be on those who stay behind.
They need your prayers, he says, and they need your help.
“We don’t want to forget about our brothers and sisters that are imprisoned for their faith because they are trying to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” states Musselman.
“There are hundreds, thousands perhaps, imprisoned in shipping containers in Eritrea.”
The latest on Eritrea
It’s no secret: Eritrea has a problem keeping citizens inside its borders.
“The economy is terrible; human rights violations are common,” says Musselman, listing hallmark Eritrean challenges.
“There’s just a lot of instability within the country.”
In addition, some of Eritrea’s world-class athletes are bringing the country’s evils to the global stage by refusing to return home.
In similar fashion, President Isaias Afewerki exercises dictator-like authority over Eritrea and its people. The small African nation trails North Korea by 8 on the World Watch List.
Eritrea, like many repressive countries around the world, “view(s) evangelical Christians as linked to America,” Musselman explains.
“They see evangelical Christianity as being a ‘foreign’ religion.”
What you can do about it
For security reasons, Musselman can’t give many details about how VOM Canada supports persecuted Eritrean Christians.
“But, I can tell you that we are trying to help both Eritrean evangelical Christians inside the country and…also those outside the country,” he says.
Click here to help Eritrean Christians stand firm in their faith through VOM Canada.