Abdi Ali Hamzah, an Iraqi pastor imprisoned for nearly two years, is free due to the efforts of a U.S. ministry and an Oklahoma senator.
Hamzah, better-known as Pastor Jamal, spent 21 months in prison. Jamal is a Christian who converted from Islam and has been working to spread the Gospel in Northern Iraq.
He worked with Oklahoma-based World Compassion to distribute food to refugees.
World Compassion's Terry Law met with officials in Northern Iraq, carrying a letter from Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., requesting Jamal's release.
Eventually, President Masoud Barzani of the Kurdish Regional Government granted Jamal amnesty.
Jamal is now in a safe place receiving trauma counseling and medical attention.