By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
MIDDLE EAST (ANS — March 13, 2017) — Two pastors conducting a Bible study for new believers in an underground Middle East church were beaten, arrested by police, and taken to a secret jail. But after Jesus appeared to an official at the prison, their situation changed dramatically.
“Police brought us to the religious (Shariah) court,” Pastor Irshad* told Bibles4Mideast. “We were accused of blasphemy charges against the prophet, as well as misguiding Muslims into a false religion. The court ordered we be imprisoned, and we were taken to a secret jail run by secret police.”
During the first few days in prison they received harsh treatment. “The jail wardens brutally beat and persecuted us,” Pastor Irshad recounted. “They tied our hands up through the hole of a steel bar which forced us into a bent position while they beat us.”
They received one meal a day, ‘Kubboos,’ a local bread. “We never thought we’d ever get out alive,” Pastor Irshad noted.
After the first two months, they became discouraged and cried out to the Lord: “Where are You? Why won’t You come and save us?”
They prayed, “If we have done any sin and iniquities, forgive us and purify us by your precious blood and save us from this situation.”
The pastors repeated continuously, “THE BLOOD OF JESUS IS OUR VICTORY!”
As they meditated on the sufferings of Jesus, they found a measure of comfort and peace.
Three days after their heartfelt cry to the Lord for help, a top-ranking officer of the jails visited them. “A tall, stout official, he asked the wardens to untie our hands. But we were unable to stand erect.”
The official ordered the guards to give them larger servings of food, and then disappeared into his office.
“We were sure our lives were about to end, and that his seemingly kind treatment was only a prelude to that,” the pastor noted.
Then they were surprised when the officer returned alone that night, entered their cell, and sat down on the floor beside them. Then he did something even more surprising – he asked them to pray for him!
Photo captions: 1) Worshiping the Lord. 2) Prison in the Middle East. 3) Mark Ellis.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and is also the founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions. Previously, Mark co-hosted a TV show called “Windows on the World” with ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, aired on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv/), which is now co-hosted by Dr. Garry Ansdell, Senior Pastor of Hosanna Christian Fellowship in Bellflower, California.
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