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A Prison Letter

A Prison Letter

VOM received this letter from a prisoner in the Ukraine. Even in prison, this brother is sharing Christ. He prays that we believers will learn to love and serve Muslims.

Dear VOM ministers, brothers and sisters! Peace be with you! The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14.

By God’s grace, since 2014 I have been receiving your VOM newsletter. Thank you very much! In it I find encouragement and support. The difficulties I face as well as my life sentence are nothing compared to the suffering that our brave brothers and sisters in Christ undergo. Every day I send my prayers to God for all his suffering children. I thank God for the honour to be a partaker in their sufferings!

We are not able to change Muslims, but we can do our best to change ourselves, to become disciplined and faithful in prayer, and become a light to them. In our prison, there are a few Muslims with a life sentence. Recently God put me into the same cell with one of them. I shared about Christ with him and prayed five times a day right next to him – he prayed as a Muslim and I prayed as a Christian. In Matthew 10:16 the Lord says, “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”

I read that Mahatma Gandhi once said, “I like your Christ, but I do not like Christians, who are not like Jesus Christ!” There are so many people around us, who do not know God, but none tells them about Him. We Christians are often busy with our own problems, struggles and fights with one another. I thank you very much for sending me your materials that remind me to re-evaluate my Christian life and my values! I pray that Christians learn to love Muslims and serve them, while preaching them the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the way they live and act towards other people.

With gratitude and love, your brother,


IRAN: Christian Released from Prison

IRAN: Christian Released from Prison

An Iranian Christian has been released from prison after a three-and-a-half-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime” and “acting against national security”.

Alireza Seyyedian, a Church of Iran member, was originally sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, 90 lashes and a fine, but his sentence was reduced in May 2013.

After his initial sentencing in March 2012, he attempted to flee across the Turkish border, but was caught and imprisoned.

Harsh conditions took their toll on Alireza’s health, with reports of him suffering insomnia, depression and stress related symptoms.

Around 90 Iranian Christians are still in prison.

Sources: World Watch Monitor, The Voice of the Martyrs USA, Middle East Concern

Many people sent letters of encouragement to Alireza during his time in prison. To write to other Christians imprisoned for their faith, please visit

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Alireza; may the Lord restore him to full physical health and spiritually strengthen him. Ask the Lord to protect him and help him as he rebuilds his life.
  • Pray for the many Christians who remain in prison in Iran. Ask the Lord to minister to them and help them to endure. Pray for their release.
  • Pray letters sent to prisoners will be an encouragement to believers and a witness to inmates and guards.

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