This week I want to share some good news. In October of 2009, a pastor in Iran named Youcef Nadarkhani was arrested for “protesting a government policy that required children, including his 8- and 9-year-old sons, to study the Quran in school,” (be-a-voice.net). Pastor Youcef was sentenced to death and the appeals were denied. His wife was arrested and sentenced to life in prison when he refused to convert to Islam, but she was later released on appeal. This summer, a report was released that Youcef would face additional charges.
However, this month on the eighth following a trial in which he was found guilty of trying to convert Muslims to Christianity, he was sentenced to three years in prison (which he had already served!) and was released.
Youcef’s case, though certainly trying, is not the norm. Many Christians who are persecuted by their nation’s religious laws are not so fortunate to get released. But thanks be to God that the prayers of the saints were answered on Youcef’s behalf!
Remember those in chains as if you were suffering with them. Who knows what other victories we may celebrate in the future?