Published on June 16th, 2017
The previous post told about a family of eight children whose father was in prison for his Christian faith. Read the rest of the story below, then pray for persecuted Christian families whose fathers will be in prison on Father’s Day.
That evening, Mikhail and Olga oldest brother, Sergei, told them everything that had happened in the courtroom. “We can try again tomorrow,” Sergei told his brother and sister. “Maybe they’ll let you in then.”
The next morning, the family and their friends gathered at the courthouse. They waited and waited. No one came to open the door to the courtroom. Finally a man came and told them, “The trial is over! He was sentenced and taken to prison.”
Mikhail and Olga were disappointed again.
Mother led the children to the judge’s office and asked for a special meeting with her husband. The judge signed an order allowing the whole family 15 minutes with Father. Mikhail and Olga were delighted!
The family hurried to the prison where they gave the judge’s order to a guard. “Only the mother and one older child can go in,” said the guard, ignoring the judge’s order.
Fifteen minutes passed, Mother and Sergei came out of the visitors’ room, and the family returned home in silence. After supper, Mother said, “Children, I know you were very disappointed today. Remember, if we wish to be faithful to Jesus, we will have difficulty in our lives. But we have one sure comfort — an hour will come when the Savior brings us to Himself. Then no one will be able to separate us. In six months, we may be able to visit your Dad. Let’s ask Jesus for that.”
They knelt down and thanked God for His love and asked Him to give them strength. Mikhail and Olga prayed, too, hoping they would see their father soon.
(Source: When Will We See Our Father Again?: A True Story from the U.S.S. R.)