5-5-5 Challenge: Eritrea

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5-5-5 2013 WWL

[en]The following letter was written by a pastor in prison:

My dearest wife,

God, by His holy will, has prolonged my prison sentence.

My dear, listen to me—not only as a wife, but also as a Christian woman who has come to understand who God is and how deep and mysterious His ways are… [In here] God has made me not only a sufferer for His Name’s sake… but also a prisoner of His indescribable love and grace.

… When they first brought me to this prison, I had thoughts which were contrary to what the Bible says. I thought the devil had prevailed over the Church and over me. I thought the work of the Gospel in Eritrea was over. But it did not take one day for the Lord to show me that He is a sovereign God …

The moment I entered my cell, one of the prisoners called me and said, ‘Pastor, come over here. Everyone in this cell are [unsaved]. You are much needed here.’

My dear, the longer I stay in here, the more I love my Saviour… His grace is enabling me to overcome the coldness and the longing that I feel for you and for our children. Sometimes I ask myself, ‘Am I out of my mind? Am I a fool?’ Well, isn’t that what the apostle had said, ‘Whether I am of sound mind or out of my mind, I am Christ’s!’

My most respected wife, I love you more than I can say. Please help the children understand that I am here as a prisoner of Christ for the greater cause of the Gospel.

Source >> http://opendoors.org/

All evangelical churches were closed in 2002 following a government ban on religious groups other than Orthodox, Catholic, Lutheran and Islam. The government also persecutes non-traditional Christians, but members of the Orthodox Church also report on evangelical believers, and Muslim extremists are ready to take over where the government leaves off. When Christians are discovered they are arrested and held in shipping containers in military camps. At least 105 Christians were arrested in 2012, and 31 Christians were reported to have died in prison.

Pray:

  • For God’s strength for Christians imprisoned in containers, especially those arrested in 2012.
  • For spouses and families who are forced to live as refugees in different countries.
  • For worldwide awareness of the plight of Eritrean Christians.

Source >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/en]

[id]Surat berikut ditulis oleh seorang pendeta yang ada di penjara:

Istriku tersayang,

Tuhan, oleh kehendak-Nya, telah memperpanjang masa hukuman penjaraku.

Sayang, dengarkan aku – bukan hanya sebagai seorang istri, melainkan juga sebagai seorang wanita Kristen yang memahami dengan benar siapa Tuhan dan betapa dalam dan rahasianya jalan-jalan-Nya … Di sini Tuhan tidak hanya membuatku menderita oleh karena Nama-Nya … tetapi sekaligus menjadi tawanan kasih dan anugerah-Nya yang tak terlukiskan.

… Saat pertama kali mereka membawaku ke penjara ini, aku punya pikiran yang bertentang dengan apa yang dikatakan Alkitab. Aku rasa iblis telah berhasil mengalahkan gereja dan menaklukkanku. Aku rasa pekabaran Injil di Eritrea ini sudah berakhir. Tetapi, tidak butuh satu hari bagi Dia untuk menunjukkan bahwa Dialah Sang Penyelamat.

Saat aku dimasukkan ke sel ini, seorang tahanan memanggilku dan berkata, ‘Pendeta, mendekatlah ke mari. Setiap orang di sel ini perlu mendengar tentang keselamatan. Engkau sangat dibutuhkan di sini.’

Kekasihku, semakin lama di tempat ini, semakin dalam kasihku kepada Kristus … Anugerah-Nya memampukanku mengalahkan rasa dingin dan kerinduanku akan engkau dan anak-anak kita. Kadangkala aku bertanya kepada diriku sendiri, ‘Apakah aku sudah gila? Apakah aku sudah begitu tololnya?’ Seperti yang para rasul katakan, ‘Baik di dalam tubuh ini ataupun di luarnya, aku milik Kristus!’.

Istriku, aku mencintaimu lebih daripada yang bisa kukatakan. Tolonglah anak-anak untuk memahami bahwa ayah mereka ada di penjara ini karena Kristus dan untuk Injil-Nya.

Sumber >> http://opendoors.org/

Sejak tahun 2002, semua aliran agama di luar Orthodox, Katolik, Lutheran, dan Islam dilarang di Eritrea. Semua gereja di luar yang diizinkan ditutup. Kalau ada orang Kristen yang tertangkap, mereka di masukkan ke kontainer besi di kamp militer. Sepanjang 2012, sebanyak 105 orang Kristen ditangkap, 31 orang dilaporkan meninggal dunia dalam penahanan.

Berdoa:

  • Bagi orang Kristen yang sedang dalam penjara dan kamp militer supaya Tuhan berikan kekuatan.
  • Bagi pasangan istri atau suami dan keluarga yang dipaksa mengungsi ke luar negeri.
  • Supaya dunia menyadari kondisi orang-orang Kristen di Eritrea.

Sumber >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/id]

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