Write a Letter to a Persecuted Brother or Sister
Around the world, Christians are sitting in prison simply because of their faith. Many corrupt governments and discriminatory legal systems target religious beliefs, incriminating people for believing in, sharing, or converting to the Christian faith. In the testimonies from prisoners who are eventually released, we often hear that the most challenging thing about their imprisonment was loneliness and isolation – the feeling that their plight had been forgotten.
This is where you can make a difference for Christians in prison today.
Through our Prison Letter Writing Campaign, you will have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of those in prison for their faith. By sending letters of encouragement and committing to pray for these prisoners, our hope is that these bold and faithful believers would know their brothers and sisters in Christ remember and see their suffering.
Regardless of whether the guards allow the prisoners to read the letters or not, they serve as a reminder that someone, even on the other side of the world, is caring for them. Even if they do not or cannot read the words you write, the simple fact that someone on the other side of the world took the time to write them a letter can make a real difference.
Alone in prison without assurance of a fair hearing or justice in this life, a letter of encouragement from a fellow believer can make a real, tangible difference to someone incarcerated for his or her faith.
Please consider joining us in writing letters to believers who, like Professor Tarfa, are isolated in prison because of the Gospel.
After submitting the form, a message will appear with two clickable hyperlinks. Click these links to download your digital packet that contains everything you need to write your own letters and even organize a small letter-writing event. The packet is complete with profiles of prisoners, simple guidelines, and even a few sample letters to get you started.
Encouragement from a Prisoner!
“I received 9 letters and 13 postcards from believers around the world, including Canada, the U.K., Finland, the U.S., and other countries. They were amazing because they contained scriptures and so many encouragements to help me forgive those who had accused me wrongly. The first time I received the letters, I was feeling down that morning. I received a call that I had received the letters. I read the letters over the next few days and was greatly encouraged. I found that the letters went through the headquarters in Abuja. The prison chaplain and intelligence staff went through the letters in my presence and in front of other prison welfare staff before giving them to me to check for security concerns. They did not let me reply, so I gave them to my wife to reply for me in cases where there were names and addresses. In total I received 22 postcards and letters.
My wife and I appreciate all the people worldwide who wrote to me while I was in prison. The scriptures I received were encouraging and strengthened me during my time in prison.
Professor Tarfa was acquitted of the abduction charges in June of 2021 and was released on bail. However, he still faced forgery charges until his full acquittal on January 27, 2023. ICC previously reported on the unjust way authorities prolonged his trial, highlighting the discrimination and persecution Christians face within Nigeria’s legal system.
“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
– HEBREWS 13:3
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