Just a few days ago I was sent an email via The Voice of the Martyrs sub-ministry, Prisoner Alert, that one of the imprisoned believers whom they intercede for and encourage others to write letters of encouragement to, has finally been released. The freed man is Pastor Abraham Bentar. He has an incredible testimony which you can read on his profile located at Prisoner Alert’s website. But, in a nutshell, on March 7, 2006, he was attacked by Muslims in West Java who destroyed his van and attempted to burn him alive. Thankfully, the police stepped in and originally detained him for security purposes. However, he was subsequently charged with blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad, and was sentenced to 4 and 1/2 years in a local prison Tasikmalaya.
Recently, VOM contacts in Indonesia informed representatives that Bentar had been released last week on parole. He served 2/3 of his sentence but was set free early. It is a joy to see prayers for his release answered, but it is also a joy to know that so many believers from around the globe were able to encourage this “prisoner of the Lord” while he was behind bars. According to Prisoner Alert’s statistics, Bentar’s profile has been viewed 16,700 times, and over 2900 letters of encouragement were sent his way. Praise God!
I still encourage all of you to become involved with this simple and cost-free ministry to our brothers and sisters who are in chains for the sake of the gospel. Prisoner Alert just about does all the work for you in terms of phasing and translation. All you have to do is print out your letter and mail it. Let us rejoice with the Bentar family and pray that the Lord will continue to use his life in amazing ways for making Christ known in the hard places among the hard peoples. Would you commit to writing one Christian prisoner with me this month?