Persecution: Singing gospel can get you in prison and worse

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Think of this picture.  You put out a CD of gospel music, hoping to share your music and faith.  You end up being tortured, imprisoned and degraded for two years.  This is all because you love Jesus and can’t help but sing about him.  In America, you could sue and win millions.  You could write a book about it and travel speaking and singing, selling millions of books.  But, we are not talking about America.  We are talking about a country called Eritrea.  This week is a time to remember the persecuted church and this story is just one small example of what believers all around the world pay for when they live out their faith in Christ.

HT:  Christian Post (Amnesty: Detained Gospel Singer Released After 2 Years)

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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  1. One of the members of my worship team here in Cairo is Eritrean. She is a refugee because her Father is Ethiopian and her Mother is Eritraen. Ethiopia will not accept her because in their eyes she is Eritrean, and Eritrea will not accept her because in their eyes she is Ethiopian. Her story is heart-breaking. Her Pastor and Youth Pastor are both in prison in Eritrea, and many members of the gospel choir she used to sing in have also been arrested and questioned and worse.
    Fortunately she has been accepted as a refugee by the UNHCR and is on her way to being taken on as a citizen of Canada. We will miss her when she’s gone.

  2. One of the members of my worship team here in Cairo is Eritrean. She is a refugee because her Father is Ethiopian and her Mother is Eritraen. Ethiopia will not accept her because in their eyes she is Eritrean, and Eritrea will not accept her because in their eyes she is Ethiopian. Her story is heart-breaking. Her Pastor and Youth Pastor are both in prison in Eritrea, and many members of the gospel choir she used to sing in have also been arrested and questioned and worse.
    Fortunately she has been accepted as a refugee by the UNHCR and is on her way to being taken on as a citizen of Canada. We will miss her when she’s gone.

  3. One of the members of my worship team here in Cairo is Eritrean. She is a refugee because her Father is Ethiopian and her Mother is Eritraen. Ethiopia will not accept her because in their eyes she is Eritrean, and Eritrea will not accept her because in their eyes she is Ethiopian. Her story is heart-breaking. Her Pastor and Youth Pastor are both in prison in Eritrea, and many members of the gospel choir she used to sing in have also been arrested and questioned and worse.
    Fortunately she has been accepted as a refugee by the UNHCR and is on her way to being taken on as a citizen of Canada. We will miss her when she’s gone.

  4. One of the members of my worship team here in Cairo is Eritrean. She is a refugee because her Father is Ethiopian and her Mother is Eritraen. Ethiopia will not accept her because in their eyes she is Eritrean, and Eritrea will not accept her because in their eyes she is Ethiopian. Her story is heart-breaking. Her Pastor and Youth Pastor are both in prison in Eritrea, and many members of the gospel choir she used to sing in have also been arrested and questioned and worse.
    Fortunately she has been accepted as a refugee by the UNHCR and is on her way to being taken on as a citizen of Canada. We will miss her when she’s gone.

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