Iranian Pastor Writes from Prison
Pastor Farshid Fathi is a Christian Believer incarcerated in Iran’s most notorious prison. He is serving a six-year sentence and has been separated from his family and loved ones for three years. His crime is his Christian faith.
Recently, Pastor Farshid wrote the following letter from prison. It is printed with the kind permission of Elam Ministries.
My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Recently I heard about a letter which was published on the Internet on my behalf about a part of the suffering that I went through since being imprisoned in December 2010.
Although I did not write the letter, it tells the truth. But I would like to tell you that after all the things that have happened to me it would be a shame for me to speak about my suffering.
How can I complain about my suffering when my Brothers and Sisters are paying a high price for their faith all over the world? I recently heard about many people killed in front of a Church in Pakistan. I also heard a young Sister in Christ sharing about how she lost her family for the sake of the Gospel and still she is willing to return to share the Good News.
How can I complain about my suffering when our dear Brother Haik gave his life and was killed with more than twenty knife-stabs to preach to sinners like me? And what about our dear Brother (Mehdi) Dibaj who spent nine years and twenty-seven days in prison and was finally martyred after that much suffering.
How can I complain about my suffering when I think of our lovely Brother Soodmand who had four precious children (and was martyred)? And dear Brothers Michaelian and Ravanbaksh, whose blood is still crying out from the land of Iran to Heaven?
And finally what about the Apostle Paul who was many times in prison, suffered countless beatings, was stoned, and often near death, but served the Lord with all of his heart? But after all this Paul says: ‘This light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.'
So when I look at all these heroes of faith, how can I complain about my suffering?
Thank you so much for your prayers, for your support and for your love.
And I am sure I have this joy in my heart here because of His grace and your prayers.
Your Brother in Christ
Pastor Farshid is due for release in December 2016.
Write to Farshid to encourage him and let him know that he is not forgotten. Send your letters/cards to him c/o Elam Ministries, 5755 North Point Parkway, Suite 217, Alpharetta, GA 30022, USA. Alternatively send a private message at facebook.com/FreeFarshid. Messages will be printed and sent on to Farshid. Or email email@example.com with the subject line ‘Message for Farshid.' When writing, do not mention Elam Ministries or make any political comments or criticism of the Iranian government.
A copy of your letter will be kept on file by Elam Ministries for Farshid and his family, just in case the original letters are confiscated by the prison authorities.
Sources: Elam Ministries
This article originally appeared in the January 2014 edition of the Win 10/40 Reporter
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