Pastor Farshid has sent Christmas greetings from Rajai Shahr prison in Iran. Facing his fourth Christmas behind bars because of his faith, separated from his family, he is nevertheless comforted by Immanuel:
Although the beauty of Christmas or the signs of Christmas can not be found in prison, but with the ears of faith I can hear the everlasting and beautiful truth that: "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel."And more than ever I am experiencing that He is with us, with me and my children, with me and with my faithful friends who are having part in my sorrows and not ashamed of my sorrows.May in the year of 2015, which I have named the year of victory, God carry you ahead victoriously and He spreads the aroma of His knowledge, because we are called to be free.Merry Christmas,Your captive brother who is free in Christ
Farshid Fathi was arrested on 26 December 2010 and is now serving a six year sentence because of his Christian faith and ministry. In August 2014 he was transferred from Evin prison to Rajai Shahr prison, which is particularly brutal. Please keep him, his family and friends in your prayers this Christmas, as well as the many others who are suffering but standing firm for their faith in Iran.