Writing a letter to encourage a persecuted Christian is a wonderfully practical thing to do. It's easy - please follow these guidelines to help you get started.
The Word of God tells us to encourage one another and remember those who are in prison for the faith (1 Thes. 5:11/Heb. 13:3), because it’s a horrible feeling when you think you’re alone and nobody cares. It’s our hearts desire to put these Scriptures into practice, because around the world there are many persecuted Christians facing darkness and despair who need our encouragement. By writing a letter of encouragement to a persecuted Christian, you remind them that they are not alone and that believers around the world are praying for them. This brings hope, peace and encouragement to them and their family to stand strong in the face of persecution!
Your letter will be a big blessing, because your message of support will be a source of hope and comfort, invaluable to the brother and sister receiving it. Please watch our Guidelines Video below to help you write your letter or card. If you're still not sure what to write, use the following sample letter as a guide for your own letter of encouragement.
Dear [recipient's name],
I heard about your situation and wanted to let you know that you are not alone, you are loved, and you are in my prayers.
I cannot imagine what it must be like for you, but I assure you that the Lord is with you - even in the hardest times. I pray that you will know His presence and His peace everyday.
Don't give up, God is faithful, He is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
Be encouraged, The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walkthrough the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23)
With love in Christ,
[Your country - optional]
Our dear sister Twen Theodros is in prison in Eritrea. Despite having suffered brutal treatment this young woman, who is described as a ‘precious, lovely Christian’ by those who know her, is more concerned about others than for her own wellbeing. She was asked how we could pray for her. Her reply was simple yet deeply humbling: she said she had only one prayer request – that God would be glorified in Eritrea!
Watch the programme to know more about Twen and please write to her: Twen, c/o Release International, PO Box 54, Orpington, BR5 4RT
Naser-Navard Gol-Tapeh is an Iranian Christian serving ten years in prison for 'missionary activities'. He was first arrested in June 2016 alongside three Azerbaijanis following a raid on a wedding party. The four men were sentenced a year later, but the Azerbaijanis have not been forced to return to Iran to serve their sentences. Naser lost his appeal against his sentence in November 2017 and was moved to Evin Prison in January. He recently wrote from prison, "I thank God in perfect joy and peace for considering me worthy to be here because of my faith in and witness to Jesus Christ."
Watch the programme to know more about Naser and please write to him: Naser, c/o Open Doors UK & Ireland, PO Box 6, Witney, OX29 6WG
Catch up on other Persecuted Church episodes to see what's happening to our persecuted family in the world that you need to know about.
04 Oct 2019