300 Christians imprisoned in Eritrea, Africa
Release International estimates there are 300 Christians imprisoned for their faith in the east African nation of Eritrea. Many of them are held indefinitely without charges or a trial. Some Christians who have refused to renounce their faith have been in prison for over 15 years.
Most recently, Eritrean authorities arrested 150 Christians gathered for worship in September. Officials continue to hold 100 of the believers.
This year marks 20 years since Eritrea shut down most of the country’s churches. Banned congregations that continue to meet are regarded as enemies of the state. Eritrea is ranked 6th on the Open Doors World Watch List of nations where it is most difficult to be a Christian.
Russians withdrew from Kherson, Ukraine
Aid volunteers are working to get much-needed supplies into the city. Despite suffering an extreme lack of resources, residents are rejoicing to have their city back.
Local church members described to CBN News what it was like under the occupation and how God sustained them.
CHURCH MEMBER: “When I drive, they could just stop you and either kill you. If they don’t like something, they could just kill.”
REPORTER: “How did you maintain hope?”
CHURCH MEMBER: “The Lord helped us. Only Him. His hand was upon us. Only with God because it was impossible psychologically to withstand all this without God because there was so much pressure. He is merciful. He is a good God.”
Psalm 126:1-2 says, “When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, ‘The LORD has done great things for them.’”