Connect & Encourage
Write to people being persecuted as a result of their beliefs
“These letters mean so much to us. We know they are from people all over the world and when we hold these cards it is as if the people who wrote them are here in the room with us.” Pastor Mario Felix Lleonart Barroso, Cuba
When you write to someone who’s suffering because of their faith, it gives them incredible encouragement – but it’s so much more than that.
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Want to do something life-changing with your church this autumn? Send cards to Iranian Christians in time for Christmas…
Please write to the men listed below, who are all Christian prisoners in Iran. If they receive a large quantity of cards in prison, it will remind the authorities that the world has not forgotten them. Your cards have the potential not only to affirm their faith, but maybe even help them walk free!
If you’re planning to send cards in time for Christmas, you should aim to send them by the end of November to ensure that they reach the prisoners in good time.
He is married to Christine, an Armenian Christian, and has a daughter, Rebecca, eleven and a son Adriel, four. He became a Christian in 1992 and has been a church leader since 2002.
Write to him:
Pastor Matthias Haghnejad
Write to him:
Shahin is a talented musician and well known for his generous heart – he’s played concerts for autistic children, and regularly performs for charity. So despite the dangers he knew he faced after becoming a Christian last year, he decided to stay in Iran so he could continue helping people through his music. He is now in prison because of his faith.
Write to him:
At least 29 other prisoners are reported to have sustained injuries from the assault, ranging from a fractured skull to broken ribs and limbs. Farshid is married and has two young children, Rosanna and Bardia.
Write to him:
Write to Nguyen Van Dai in prison in Vietnam
“These postcards and letters encouraged me to overcome the difficult situation[s]”
Nguyen Van Dai is a prominent Christian human rights lawyer who was given a five-year prison sentence for ‘disseminating slanderous and libellous information against the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’; he was later placed under house arrest. He is due to complete his sentence on 6 March 2015, but he’s suffering some health problems.
He wanted to send this message of thanks to CSW supporters:
“Dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,
Secondly, I would like to say thank all of brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ in United Kingdom.
During the years when I was in prison or I have been under house arrest, I always received postcards and letters from Christians in the UK. These postcards and letters encouraged me to overcome the difficult situation in prison and under house arrest. Each time I got the postcards and letters, I always feel God closely. He protects and helps me.
I hope to continue to receive the postcards and letters from brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ in UK.
Again, thank you all and God bless you!
Christian lawyer Nguyen Van Dai”
Write to him care of his wife, at this address:
“I’m not convinced my card will make a difference to the person who receives it.”
Yes, it really will!
Gloria told us, “Sometimes I ran out of the strength to pray myself. In the darkest moments, when we felt totally hopeless, alone and desperate and we couldn’t even pray for ourselves, it was alright because we knew there were people all over holding us up in prayer, when we ourselves could not.”
Imagine thinking you’re facing a horrific situation all alone. Maybe your husband is a church leader who was shot dead after he refused to stop preaching. That’s what happened to Gloria’s husband. Or maybe you’ve been imprisoned because of your faith – and then you get a card from a person on the other side of the world who’s thinking about you. Your cards could be a lifeline in someone’s darkest moments, just like they were for Gloria.
“OK, that’s great, but it won’t really help their situation, will it?”
Yes, it will!
We’ve seen many times that a prisoner’s conditions improve once they start getting post from abroad. They’ve received extra food, more exercise, and much-needed medical care – as a direct result of your cards and letters. What’s more, Pastor Truong in Vietnam was able to share his faith with his prison guards after they asked him why he was getting so many cards!
If a prisoner receives lots of post from abroad, the prison authorities know that people outside the country have heard about this prisoner’s case, so they can’t get away with mistreating the prisoner.
“But I don’t know what to write.”
We’ve made it easy for you! Here are some guidelines.
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