Thirteen Eritrean Christians, including seven women and six men, have been released from prison after being falsely imprisoned for a decade. This release was made possible through the efforts of The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) Christian ministry, which initiated a campaign to advocate for their freedom. VOM encouraged Christians to pray for the release of the imprisoned church leaders and provided information to facilitate communication with the Eritrean Embassy on behalf of these Christians. As a result of these efforts, the thirteen individuals were released approximately two weeks ago. However, it’s important to note that the imprisoned pastors, Pastor Haile Nayzgi and Kiflu Gebremeskel, who were the primary focus of the campaign, have not been released at this time.
Christian Today reports:
CP) Thirteen Eritrean Christians have been released from prison after being falsely imprisoned for 10 years, according to The Voice of the Martyrs Christian ministry, which said the prisoners included seven women and six men who were released as part of a campaign it initiated.
The Christians were released about two weeks ago after VOM called on Christians to pray for the release of two Eritrean church leaders and provided information to help Christians contact the Eritrean Embassy on behalf of imprisoned Christians, the ministry said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
After the ministry launched the campaign on July 22, more than 10,000 people responded, and just six days later, VOM received word from its ministry partners in Eritrea about the release of the 13 believers.
“We thank the Lord for the freedom of these brothers and sisters who have been released from prison in Eritrea. We thank Him for intervening on behalf of these 13,” said Todd Nettleton, VOM’s spokesperson.
Nettleton, who met with and interviewed Christians in Eritrea in 2004, expressed gratitude for the 10,000 people who responded to the ministry’s email and encouraged believers to continue praying.
“Don’t stop praying,” he said. “There are still more than 300 Christians in Eritrean prisons. Don’t stop being a voice for them to the Eritrean Embassy.”
The imprisoned pastors who were the focus of the letter writing campaign, Pastor Haile Nayzgi and Kiflu Gebremeskel, have also not been released, VOM clarified.
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