“I am confident in all hardships and I believe I will become free by Him who I have hope to (my Lord) because the Lord our God does not forget his children … so let me be bold and say, ‘The Lord is my helper,’” wrote Nasser, who will turn 59 in August.
Nasser was first arrested in June 2016 alongside three Azerbaijanis, when police invaded a house where they were worshiping. For four months, the men lived in solitary confinement in Evin Prison where they endured intense interrogation. They were released when they posted bail of $35,000 for each man.
Following a court hearing on May 23, 2017, Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh sentenced Nasser to 10 years in prison for “action against national security and establishing house churches.” He lost his appeal against his sentence in November 2017 and was moved to Evin Prison in January 2018.
‘The Lord is my helper’
Nasser began his recent letter with the words of the apostle Paul to the church in Phillipi: “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel” (Philippians 1:12).
“I am confident in all hardships and I believe I will become free by Him who I have hope to (my Lord) because the Lord our God does not forget his children … so let me be bold and say, ‘The Lord is my helper.’”
He asks Christians to “remember me in your prayers always.”
Once again quoting from Philippians, Nasser writes, “You know that your prayers are a sweet smelling offering to God and a sacrifice which is accepted and pleasing to him.”
Nasser also requested prayer for his family to come to follow Jesus, for the Iranian people and the spread of the gospel. With his words, he challenged Christians to remain firm in their faith and to show concern for one another, not to give up meeting together and to work hard to spread the gospel. Finally, he asks for prayer for the other Christians in prison.
Watch a YouTube video he shared on his 58th birthday, one year in Evin Prison