Compassion Radio is ministering to Christian refugees in Sudan who have fled intense persecution in the neighboring country of Eritrea. Here is an example of how impossible the situation is in Eritrea:
Christians in Eritrea confirmed the Nigsti Haile (33) passed away at the Weaa Military Training Centre. She reportedly died Tuesday morning, September 5, 2007, as a result of torture for refusing to sign a letter recanting her faith. Haile was among a group of 10 single Christian women who had been arrested at a church gathering in Keren and spent 18 months imprisoned under severe pressure.
Before her arrest Haile worked for a relative while she studied to complete the eleventh grade of her high school education. She was also an active member of the Rhema church.
Christians in Eritrea are in need of prayer as they continue to face intense persecution. It is clear that the government is continuing its campaign against Christians.
The Eritrean government criminalized all independent Protestant churches in May 2002, closing their buildings and banning them from even meeting together in private homes.
More than 2,000 Eritrean Christians – including dozens of pastors and priests – are subjected to severe torture for their religious beliefs and remain locked up in the nation’s jails, police stations, military camps, and most terrible of all, in 40 foot metal shipping containers. All have been denied legal counsel or trial, with no written charges filed against them. During the past year, at least four Christians have died from physical mistreatment while under arrest.
In response to this crisis, Compassion Radio has recently secured housing for 500 Eritrean refugees in Sudan at a cost of $20,000. Because of the critical nature of this situation, Compassion Radio committed these funds before it could begin a fund-raising effort on behalf of these suffering brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you have a heart for this project, we urge you to send your best gift to Compassion Radio for the Eritrean Refugee Project.