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    • Jul23Wed

      Would You Stand For Christ in Prison?

      July 23, 2014 by TWR Canada
      Filed Under:
      Central Asia

      From TWR Canada President, Ray Alary

      This spring, I had the privilege of travelling to Central Asia with Charles Price, of The People's Church in Toronto, to minister to our Persian-speaking listeners. It's a very sensitive ministry, and these people risk their lives to attend. This is one story I simply can't forget.

      The woman sat straight in the chair, her dark hair pulled back. There was no hesitation in her voice when she shared this story of persecution.
      Her courage inspired me. I hope it encourages you as well.

      My husband and I were in prison for ten days in solitary cells. Persecution is very big in my country. We expected that we would be put in jail when we began leading a cell group, but we were scared. Our fear was broken in prison. In those ten days, God showed me that He’s beside me and He protects me.

      At first, I was taken to a room and had to sit facing a wall. There were three men behind me asking questions. "The next room has a chair and a rope," one man said. "You have to choose how this is going to continue."

      I told him that a father could force his children to go to bed early and they might pretend to sleep, but who’s the winner? Who’s pretending? I said, "You may force us not to have cell groups or evangelize, but you can’t change our hearts, can’t change our minds."

      They wanted me to name the people in our cell group. It would be very bad for those people if I named them. I prayed for strength, to change the direction of the conversation. It was very difficult. Then a man gave me some paper and a pen and sent me to a solitary cell. I was supposed to write down the people's names and addresses.

      There was no bed and I had to lie down on the cold cement floor. I asked [the guard] if I could have more blankets and was told that what is there is enough even though I was sick. I would think why am I here? It’s bad here. It’s hard here. But I never thought that God had forsaken me even for one second.

      A few days later, they brought me a radio. The walls are very very high and very thick concrete. All I could find were Koranic stations and programs, but I knew the frequency for the Christian radio programs. I moved around, lifted the radio over my head, anything to find a good signal. Finally, I found a familiar voice – it was very very weak but I knew the voice.

      The pastor spoke about Joseph who was in prison, and a deep joy came into my heart. I praised God for comforting me with such a beautiful voice and story. The program was about hope. This is how I knew God had not forsaken me.

      I kept praying and the interrogators never asked me for the names again. God saved me from that situation. It was good. They let me go home after ten days.