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Nearly Killed by ISIS Cellmates, God had a Purpose for VOM Worker Imprisoned in Sudan

Nearly Killed by ISIS Cellmates, God had a Purpose for VOM Worker Imprisoned in Sudan Read Transcript


GARY LANE: Arrested during a trip to Sudan,

missionary Petr Jasek was imprisoned

with members of ISIS.

One of the ISIS members was a Libyan guy

who, at the age of 12, was a personal guard of Osama bin

Laden in Tora Bora.

And later on when he returned to Libya,

he was one of the murderers who slaughtered the 20

Egyptians on the Libyan shore.

He told me that if I was an American or Russian

that he would break my neck immediately and kill me.

He took out a fishing string, quite a strong fishing string

from his pocket, and he was showing

how we can kill a person within a few seconds with this fishing

string.

GARY LANE: Petr discovered his other cellmates were just

as extreme.

When asked to share news from the outside,

he told them about the Paris terrorist attack.

When I said that 129 people got killed,

they interrupted me and they started

to shout Allahu Akbar for several minutes.

So immediately, I knew that the company that I was in,

and I stopped telling them anymore news.

They called me a filthy pig or a filthy rat,

and if I did not react to this new name,

they started to beat me with slapping my face

or fist to my face or then they used the wooden stick.

So I, gradually, I learned to live with a new name.

I was not Petr anymore, I was just filthy pig.

GARY LANE: How did it come to this?

Why was this man, dedicated to helping persecuted Christians,

now himself persecuted?

Petr's arrest came in December 2015,

just two years after the Sudanese government

thought it had expelled all foreign Christian workers

from the country.

While visiting Sudan, Peter met with Christian leaders

and recorded some video.

Agents confiscated his equipment and charged him

with spying against the government.

During his first four months in jail,

Petr asked God to return him to his family.

His epiphany came after he led some Eritrean prisoners

to Christ.

And I suddenly started to realize

that there is a purpose, that the Lord has

a purpose for me to be in prison,

to share the gospel with those people.

And I started to be even more courageous, to open my mouth

and share the gospel also with the Muslims who were

in the previous cell with me.

GARY LANE: In January 2017, a Sudanese court sentenced Petr

to 20 years in prison.

His work, helping persecuted Christians in Sudan,

was considered an anti-state activity.

Espionage.

I really was considered to be a very dangerous person,

and they mentioned that I am an employee of a spy

organization called VOM.

So actually, VOM it was--

It's a spy organization.

Yeah, it is a spy organization.

Not a missionary organization.

GARY LANE: The son of a Pastor, Petr

had experienced persecution before, growing up

in Communist Czechoslovakia.

MAN (ON TV): A wire service bulletin

flashes the word to an unbelieving world.

GARY LANE: Christian oppression intensified in Czechoslovakia

after Red Army tanks rolled through Prague in August, 1968.

Government agents constantly monitored Petr's parents

and their Christian activities.

They knew that we were receiving bibles

and that we were receiving Christian literature.

And we were also distributing, my parents

were distributing that.

GARY LANE: One day, Petr returned home from school

and found his parents missing.

They were arrested by secret police and interrogated.

And apparently, the secret police

wanted to know what was going on in our house.

GARY LANE: And 36 years later, like his parents,

Petr was arrested for his Christian activities, only

this time at the hands of Islamists, not Communists.

But God prepared Petr for his prison experience years

earlier, when his father gave him a special gift.

Without saying much, he brought the book

written by Richard Wurmbrand.

The name of the book in German was "En Gottis Undergrund,"

which means In God's Underground in English,

and I was fluent in German at that time already.

So he gave me this book and he said, read this book.

It will encourage your faith.

GARY LANE: Petr's father passed the age of 89,

while Petr was in prison.

And what do you think, Petr, he would

say to you about your time in prison

and what you went through if he were still around now

and he knew about all the details?

Yeah.

I'm quite sure that he would be proud of me.

I'm quite sure.

GARY LANE: Petr was freed after spending 14 months in prison.

He credits the Czech government for negotiating his release,

and the prayers and support of Christians around the world.

Nearly half a million people signed a petition

for him and thousands sent encouraging cards and letters.

Petr says he was brought to tears

when he heard some Sudanese women near the prison singing

Christian praise songs.

[SINGING]

GARY LANE: How did your experience change you?

How is Petr Jasek different now compared to

before your prison experience?

When you come through the situation,

you realize that everything that you have is the grace of God.

And it is only his strength that it is in prison,

it is not your own strength that you can survive being humble

and being faithful till the last moment.

This is the moment when we can be more than conquerors when

we go through a difficult situation,

because of our faith in Jesus Christ.

GARY LANE: A humble servant of the persecuted church.

Persecuted himself and then freed from prison.

Grateful for those who prayed and for learning

to wait patiently on God for victory and grace.

Gary Lane, CBN News, Prague.

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