Favor has certainly surrounded Dr. Terry Law and Joel Vesanen in their petition for Pastor Jamal’s release from prison in Iraq. Thank you for continuing to follow this process and see it through in prayer.
Dr. Law was able to meet with the high ranking government official who took valuable time from his schedule prior to leaving the country. Through the course of 40 minutes (the meeting was originally scheduled to be 10 minutes) they discussed the severity of Pastor Jamal’s medical condition and the urgency of his release from prison. The official took an interest in Jamal’s case and said he would do what he could to help Jamal obtain “private amnesty” from his prison sentence. His response gave us great encouragement and hope that Pastor Jamal could be released.
Like any legal process, it takes time to walk through each step. However, with the help of this government official, Dr. Law was able to move through almost every step required in a matter of hours including another visit with Pastor Jamal who continues to share his gratitude for the support of those who are praying for him.
The final step in this journey requires the President of Iraq to sign off on the pending request for Pastor Jamal’s release. We ask that you continue your prayers for Pastor Jamal and that this case receives favor in the sight of the President. Also keep the Iraqi and Kurdish government in your prayers as they have continued to help us throughout this process.
Additional Praise Report:
On Dr. Law’s return to the prison to see Pastor Jamal for a second time, Jamal told us a story that continues to reveal God’s power in this situation. He said that after Dr. Law had left the prison the first time, he was in so much pain that a guard needed to assist him to his cell. As they made their way through the prison, an individual who had noticed the favor that was on Pastor Jamal's life, said, “Please, tell me about the Bible.”
Jamal felt refreshed by the Holy Spirit when the question was asked. He was allowed to spend an hour with this man telling him the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. After this encounter he was able to make his way back to his cell without the walking assistance of the guard.
Thank you for your prayers.