Iranian Pastor Talks About his Time in Prison

Pastor Farshid Fathi heard his phone ring and realized his own number was calling. Police had broken into his home, and Fathi faced a choice: run or go to prison.

Joe Willey, Marketing and Communications Manager of SAT-7 USA, says, “They wanted him to come in and give himself up. Now, here’s the incredible thing: he did. Although he had an opportunity to run or go into hiding, he made a decision to be with other Christians in their suffering.”

Police had already arrested Fathi earlier that day but had let him go, not realizing he was a pastor. This gave him time to delete several Christian contacts from his phone, protecting others from imprisonment.

In Prison

From prison, Fathi continued proclaiming the good news of Jesus. Willey says he met regularly with a close group of Christians. “On Sunday, they would gather in his small cot that was about six feet by two and a half feet. They would get together, five or six of them, and they would study God’s Word and pray. [Fathi] says it was in prison that his relationship with God deepened, and he tasted grace in a new and strengthening way.”

Fathi’s time in prison didn’t take him by surprise. From the moment he first became a Christian out of a Muslim background, he knew it was a possibility that he would be persecuted for his faith.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Briana Dortch

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