Eritrea Steps Up Christian Arrests – 200 Inc Children Behind Bars

Cross Rhythms – July 1, 2017

Eritrea has now arrested 200 Christians in house-to-house raids, in a tough new crackdown which is tearing children from their parents. Young children and a baby are among those arrested. It’s feared they could spend their childhood in a prison cell. Release International is calling on Eritrea to free the Christians and has launched a campaign calling for concerted prayer for Eritrea’s prisoners of faith.

Security forces in Eritrea have been going house-to-house arresting Christians. They have rounded up 177 adults, along with some 20 small children. The arrests are continuing and many Christians have gone into hiding.

Release International partner Dr Berhane Asmelash says rounding up Christians door-to-door is a new tactic that signals a worsening of the crackdown. He believes the single-party state is taking a tough new line against the church.

‘People used to be arrested for conducting unauthorised meetings, such as Bible studies or prayers. But this is new for us when they go from house to house. They are arresting people for their beliefs, not for their actions. This is getting worse. Many Christians are in hiding.

Christian Couple Charged With Murder After They Prayed Instead of Taking Twin Daughter to Doctor

Leonardo Blair – Jun 7, 2017

A young Christian couple who are members of the controversial Followers of Christ Church in Oregon have been charged with murder after one of their sick newborn twin daughters died when they chose to treat them with faith-healing prayers and oil instead of seeking medical help.

Sarah Mitchell, 24, and her husband, Travis Mitchell, 21, were arrested Monday and booked in the Clackamas County Jail without bail, according to KGW.

They were charged with murder by neglect and first-degree criminal mistreatment in the March 5 death of their daughter, Ginnifer Mitchell, said Oregon Live. Police say Ginnifer died after she developed breathing complications during the birthing process.

According to the indictment in the case, the couple are accused of “unlawfully and recklessly, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”