Petr Jasek is a Czech national and aid worker who was imprisoned in Sudan for over a year.
Jasek, who works for Voice of the Martyrs, had been sentenced to life in prison for allegedly spying and working for an NGO without a permit. He was released in 2017.
“I always say that my heart is with the persecuted brothers and sisters. I am ready to go anywhere the Lord leads me, because whenever he opens the door, no one can close,” Jasek told Crux.
He spent 445 days in prison, sometimes sharing one cell with members of ISIS, including a purported bodyguard to Osama Bin Laden.
Jasek has recounted his experiences in a new book, Imprisoned with ISIS: Faith in the Face of Evil.
In a Skype interview with Crux, he spoke about his experiences and the effect on his Christian faith. Excerpts of the interview, edited for clarity and length, follow.
What took you to Sudan?
I have been working with the Voice of the Martyrs for about 23 years, but I was always working in Africa. I had nearly 300 projects in 27 African countries. I was always travelling to meet our contacts and also sometimes interview persecuted brothers and sisters and arrange projects for their health.
As far as the country of Sudan is concerned, I visited the country many times … we focused solely on northern Sudan especially in areas where there are still large Christian minorities inside northern Sudan like the Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile area and we were helping those persecuted believers.
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