Eritrea lies along the coast in the horn of Africa. Sudan borders Eritrea to the west. Djibouti and Ethiopia border Eritrea to the south. Across the sea is Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Eritrea broke away from Ethiopia in 1991 after a war. The majority of people in Eritrea practice Islam.
The number of people seeking asylum in Europe has grown in the past 3-5 years. Eritrea is a strong opponent to Human Rights which is one of the main reasons leading to the mass exodus. Human rights lawyers and activists are frequently sent to prison in Eritrea. Speaking out against the government of Eritrea can lead to being sent to prison. Although there are some traditional jails in the country, most prisoners are being kept in shipping containers in the Desert heat. Being a Christian in Eritrea or converting from Islam to a domination of Christianity that is not protected by the government can lead to being sent to prison.
Missionaries and foreign aid workers have been banned since 2002. Christians are either forced to leave or doing work in secret to share the gospel.
Students are eager to evangelize their peers. Christian radio broadcasts come in to Eritrea from countries nearby but some work has been shut down.
There are nomadic ethnic groups in the southeast such as the Afar Muslims. The Afar Muslims are in Ethiopia and Djibouti as well. Somali and others which are found in east African nations. Reaching these peoples could be key to reaching them in Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Somalia. The Tigre are majority Muslim.
Praise God for the Christians that remain behind to do ministry. Praise God for the faith of believers that meet secretly. Pray that radio broadcasts may be allowed to come into Eritrea again. Pray that people may get beyond blocked internet pages so that they may read the gospel and Christian literature. Pray that student ministries will bear fruit in Eritrea.