Published on January 29th, 2021
(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length and clarity. Photo: Christians in Iran praying.)
Robert Aserian was a pastor in Iran, where most people are Muslims. The government in Iran does not want anyone to teach Muslims about Jesus. But Pastor Aserian wanted to tell everyone about his Savior — including Muslims. That’s how he ended up in prison.
A previous post told about the difficult conditions Pastor Aserian endured in prison. Then he understood that God was with him, and he was in God’s plan. And he had peace. “OK, Lord,” he prayed. “If You are here, I can be in prison for years.”
He didn’t have to stay in prison for years. But life wasn’t easy outside of prison either. The pastor told Todd Nettleton of VOM Radio what life is like for released Christians in Iran. Read part of their conversation below.
Pastor Aserian: We were always under observation and control. We couldn’t contact any Christians, because that person would get in trouble [for talking to us].
Todd: It’s very difficult to be a pastor when you’re not allowed to talk to any of your congregation.
Pastor Aserian: Yes. One difficult experience church leaders have is when they are set free, other believers are afraid to contact them. They become so alone. I even heard some of them say, “When we were in prison, it wasn’t so bad. Now our situation is much worse.”
Todd: We think of people who are in prison, and we pray for them, “Lord, sustain them while they are in prison.” Then they get released and we say, ‘Wow, praise the Lord. He has answered their prayer; they are out of prison.” But that may be the time they need prayer even more.
Pastor Aserian: Exactly.
Todd: So I would encourage our [VOM Radio] listeners who are praying for a Christian in prison. We want you to do that. Prisoneralert.com is a website of Christians in prison. But don’t just pray while they are in prison. They might actually need your prayers even more after they are released than they do while they are in prison.
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*Why might a released prisoner need prayer?
*Visit prisoneralert.com and choose a prisoner to pray for today.
*Find the list of released prisoners on prisoneralert.com, and choose one to pray for.