New song supports believers behind bars this Christmas
A Welsh folk-rock band has released a powerful new song to support persecuted Christians around the world facing Christmas in prison ...
Cardiff-based Written in Kings have recorded a new version of their song War in Me. Available to download, the song highlights the plight of many Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.
The new song ties in with the 10th anniversary of Release International’s Prisoners of Faith ministry, which gives pastoral care and practical support to imprisoned Christians and their families. Release helps persecuted Christians worldwide.
In countries such as Burma, China, Eritrea, North Korea, Pakistan, Vietnam and many others, Christians are in prison today simply for standing up for their faith.
"Where will you be spending Christmas this year?" asks Chief Executive Paul Robinson. "Imagine being detained without trial, perhaps tortured, unable to see your family, enduring appalling conditions. That’s how it is for many ordinary Christians, people like Meriam Ibrahim, forced to give birth in shackles in a cell in Sudan because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
"After an outcry from the world, Meriam was set free, but many others will remain behind bars this Christmas."
In Egypt, Bishoy Boulos, who changed his faith to become a Christian, could spend the next five Christmases in jail, simply for reporting the persecution of Christians in his country.
In Pakistan, Christians have been killed and others condemned to years behind bars after being vindictively accused of blasphemy. They include Asia Bibi, who will spend her Christmas on death row.
In Iran, Pastor Fashid Fathi, the son of an ayatollah, is about to face his fifth Christmas in jail after becoming a Christian. He is in Evin prison, Iran’s most notorious, because the authorities consider his membership of a Christian organisation a threat to national security.
Another is Saeed Abedini, who wanted to build an orphanage in Iran. He was arrested by the Revolutionary Guard and tried for crimes against national security. Because of his Christian faith, Saeed has received death threats in jail from prisoners who are members of Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
"Ask yourself where would you be this Christmas if, as a Christian, you lived in one of these lands," says Paul Robinson. "There but for the grace of God go we.
"Release is grateful for Written in Kings, for recording this powerful and moving song. Its message encourages those of us blessed with freedom to use that freedom well and to stand with those who are persecuted for their faith around the world.
"We urge Christians to pray for prisoners, write letters of encouragement, campaign for their release, and give financially to this vital work," adds Paul Robinson. "So please download this song, and use it to help us raise awareness, prayer and support for Christians behind bars."
War in Me can be downloaded from Release International here.
Through its international network of missions Release serves persecuted Christians in more than 30 countries, by supporting pastors and Christian prisoners, and their families; supplying Christian literature and Bibles; and working for justice.