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The 5-5-5 Challenge: A Story of Persecution in Eritrea

June 5, 2013 by Open Doors in

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The following letter was written by a pastor in prison in Eritrea. Please continue to pray for persecuted Christians in this country.

My dearest wife,

God, by His holy will, has prolonged my prison sentence.

My dear, listen to me-not only as a wife, but also as a Christian woman who has come to understand who God is and how deep and mysterious His ways are… [In here] God has made me not only a sufferer for His Name’s sake… but also a prisoner of His indescribable love and grace.

When they first brought me to this prison, I had thoughts which were contrary to what the Bible says. I thought the devil had prevailed over the Church and over me. I thought the work of the Gospel in Eritrea was over. But it did not take one day for the Lord to show me that He is a sovereign God…

The moment I entered my cell, one of the prisoners called me and said, ‘Pastor, come over here. Everyone in this cell are [unsaved]. You are much needed here.’…

My dear, the longer I stay in here, the more I love my Savior… His grace is enabling me to overcome the coldness and the longing that I feel for you and for our children. Sometimes I ask myself, ‘Am I out of my mind? Am I a fool?’ Well, isn’t that what the apostle had said, ‘Whether I am of sound mind or out of my mind, I am Christ’s!’

My most respected wife, I love you more than I can say. Please help the children understand that I am here as a prisoner of Christ for the greater cause of the Gospel.

 

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