Date: April 1, 2017
Courtesy of The Voice of the Martyrs / www.persecution.com
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (ANS – April 1, 2017) -- Petr Jasek, a Czech national who serves as The Voice of the Martyrs’ regional director for Africa, was imprisoned for 445 days in Sudan. He was released on Feb. 26 after negotiations between Sudan and the Czech government resulted in his pardon.
Days after returning home, Petr sat down with The Voice of the Martyrs Radio to share his story and thank the countless people who prayed for him and his Sudanese co-defendants during his long imprisonment. The wide-ranging interview is now available to listeners at www.VOMRadio.net and through the VOM Radio podcast.
“The amazing thing about hearing Petr tell his story,” says VOM Radio host Todd Nettleton, “is just how unaffected he was by 14 months in prison. Having known and worked with Petr for more than 15 years, I wondered what ‘damage’ there might be after long months in terrible prison conditions. But there is no sign of damage, only of God’s faithfulness to Petr and Petr’s joy in serving the Lord.”
In the interview, he shares details about both the victories and difficulties he experienced, such as:
* when he realized he was facing much more than a routine airport security screening
* why he recognized the door of his first prison cell even though he’d never been in Sudan before
* how he learned that his cellmates were radical Muslims — and how they tortured him
* the Scripture passage that he recited repeatedly during his long imprisonment and how God brought that verse to his mind
* how God encouraged him at his lowest moment by allowing him to lead two cellmates to Christhow hungry he was for God’s Word when he finally was allowed to have a Bible in prison, and how much he read it
* when he stopped asking God to release him from prison
Listen now to Petr’s interview on VOM Radio: Part 1 (https://secure.persecution.
“It was amazing to sit with Petr and hear how God’s power had carried him through what most of us would think of as a terrible circumstance,” Nettleton said. “And not only did God carry him through, He also allowed Petr to have a ministry and be a blessing behind prison walls.”
Two Sudanese men -- one of them a pastor -- were convicted of aiding Petr in his alleged espionage activities. They were sentenced to 12 years in prison. Now that Petr is free, he is committed to seeing Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and Mr. Abdulmonem Abdumawla also released from prison and reunited with their families.
“These two Sudanese men do not have a powerful foreign government advocating for their release,” Nettleton said. “We cannot let the world forget that they also are imprisoned unjustly, and we must join together to call loudly for Sudan’s government to release them.”
Photo captions: 1) Petr Jasek. (VOM). 2) Todd Nettleton. (VOM). 3) VOM Radio logo. (VOM).
About VOM Radio: The Voice of the Martyrs Radio is a weekly, half-hour program heard on more than 320 radio stations in the United States. VOM Radio was named Radio Program of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters in 2016. The program is also available as a podcast, which has reached the top spot on iTunes’ “Religion and Spirituality” podcast chart.