During Lent 2019, each of the six prisoners pictured will be featured in weekly prayer profiles.
Top Row (left – right): Leah Sharibu (Nigeria), Abraham Ben Moses (Indonesia), Kim Kuk-gi (North Korea).
Bottom Row (left – right): Mussie Ezaz (Eritrea), Naser Navard Gol Tapeh (Iran), Zafar Bhatti (Pakistan).
Each profile details arrest and sentence, family background, prison conditions and daily prayer points (dated to begin on Sunday 10 March, the first Sunday of Lent).
WEEK 1 – Leah Sharibu (Nigeria)
Leah Sharibu (15) is a Christian who was abducted from her school in northeast Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists in February 2018. They said they would release Leah if she converted to Islam, but she refused and remains in captivity.
WEEK 2 – Abraham Ben Moses (Indonesia)
Abraham Ben Moses (53) has been in prison since May 2018 serving a four-year sentence for religious defamation. A former Muslim, he was arrested in December 2017 after discussing Islam and Christianity with a taxi driver.
WEEK 3 – Kim Kuk-gi (North Korea)
Kim Kuk-gi (64) is a South Korean missionary serving a life sentence in a labour camp in North Korea since being arrested there in December 2014. He had been helping North Korean defectors and was charged with spying and spreading religious propaganda.
WEEK 4 – Mussie Ezaz (Eritrea)
Mussie Ezaz was an evangelist and youth leader in a banned church until September 2007, when he was first imprisoned. He escaped and was rearrested in January 2008, since when he has been held incommunicado in prison, without trial.
WEEK 5 – Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh (Iran)
Naser Navard Gol-Tapeh (57) has been in prison since January 2018, serving a ten-year sentence for house church activities. A former Muslim, he was arrested in June 2016 at a Christian engagement party. He was convicted in May 2017 and lost his appeal.
WEEK 6 – Zafar Bhatti (Pakistan)
Zafar Bhatti (56) has been in prison since July 2012, when he was accused of sending blasphemous texts. The messages were not sent from Pastor Zafar’s phone, but in May 2017 he was sentenced to life imprisonment for blasphemy.