Despite the coronavirus outbreak that had led to Iran releasing 80,000+ prisoners, including several Christians, Nasser is a political prisoner that remains in in Evin Prison (known as Iran’s “torture factory”). Since his sentence began, Nasser has written several heartfelt letters from his cell, always quoting from the letters of Paul.
In his letter (written in English), the modern-day Paul says that he “yearns” for the company of his fellow Christians from behind the “high and barbed walls of Evin Prison.”
“You are always in my prayers,” he says. “I thank God for the support you have showered me with.”
Below is his full letter:
“In the name of the Lord,
“Indeed you are our glory and our joy” (1 Thes. 2:20).
To all dear brothers and sisters, who are bestowed upon by God’s love and grace.
With greetings, while yearning your company from behind the high and barbed walls of Evin Prison. Having and cherishing the memories of the past, with a heart full of love, care and gratitude. I scribe what permeates from my heart to you.
I recall your pious gatherings with one mind and heart, and sing songs in glorifying the Lord in soul and heart.
I am amongst you. Walls and space do not keep me away, even though I hold the sorrow within contained; you are always in my prayers in a united love.
I thank God for the support that you have showered me with, for all my problems in prison which you have shared my burdens, giving me strength, and encouraging me continuously. How lucky I am to have you beside me.
Surely, I could not walk on my own; the Lord carries me on His feet with the warmth of your love through the hardship of this dungeon.
The prime message I heard was to love each other. May the Lord’s love and care be with you and keep you safe.
“Who then can separate us from the love of Christ? Can trouble, hardship or persecution, famine or nakedness, danger or death?” – Romans 8:35
With all my love and care,