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Eritrea: Twen’s Prayer Request

A previous post told about Helen Berhane, a Christian who was imprisoned in Eritrea for refusing to deny Christ.

Helen endured harsh treatment in prison, and was forced to stay in a hot, metal shipping container most of the time. Twen, another Christian prisoner, cared for Helen. She washed Helen’s wounds, fed her, and even took beatings in her place.

Helen was released more than 10 years ago. But her friend Twen (shown in the photo) is still in prison. Read more about her at prisoneralert.com. You can even send her a note of encouragement by following instructions on the Prisoner Alert site.

Recently Twen sent a message to Christians outside the prison who were asking how to pray for her. Twen had only one prayer request: “Pray for God to be glorified in Eritrea!”

Thank God for Twen’s faithfulness to Him and for her good example to other Christians in and outside of the prison.


Bible Story Gift Bag

Church murals in Eritrea

Some churches in Eritrea are known for their murals depicting people and stories from the Bible. Draw, then color, a person or scene related to the Christmas story. Cut out and glue the picture onto a white gift bag.

Find out more about church murals and Christians in Eritrea in Bold Believers in Eritrea, available in the Downloads section.

Christmas gift bag


Everything Costs a Price

Helen Berhane and her daughter Ava

A previous post told how God guided Helen Berhane as she matured in her faith. Helen’s years of preparation helped her when she was imprisoned in Eritrea after she boldly proclaimed her faith in Christ.

Read below what Helen said about following Jesus.

“I decided to stand by faith; it doesn’t matter what the cost. Because everything costs a price. When you buy bread, it costs a price. When you buy car, it costs a price. Also, when you follow Jesus, it costs a price. Everything costs a price.”

(Source: vomradio.net. Edited for length and clarity)

To Talk About
*Name someone in the Bible who paid a price for obeying God.
*Tell a story from this website about someone who paid a price for following Jesus.
*Can you think of a way you might have to sacrifice something important to you in the future because you follow Jesus?


Courageous Christians’ Countries

(Source: Release International, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the United Kingdom.)

Can you identify each of the countries below by their shapes? If you need help, click on the “Countries” tab above to find locations and shapes of each country.

The countries are a few of the places where Christians are treated badly because they follow Jesus.


Tigrinya: Jesus Loves Me

A verse in Tigrinya

Tigrinya and Arabic are two of the languages spoken in Eritrea. “Jesus loves me” in Tigrinya is pronounced like this:

Yehf kee rehn nee yoo.

The words actually say, “He loves me,” but they are the words Eritrean children use when they sing the song.

Try singing the song “Jesus Loves Me” using the Tigrinya words in place of “Jesus loves me” in the song.

Note: Some sounds used in Tigrinya are not used in speaking English. For example, one sound in Tigrinya is somewhat like a cross between and English “k” and an English “h.” Can you make a sound that sounds like both a “k” and an “h?”