Prison Is Such A Joy – Angola Day 27

July 25th, 2014 by Nicholas Comninellis

angola-prison“I tried to visit the prisoners, but the guards would never let me in.” Pastor Cassicula was panting with excitement an Steve Foster evaluated his malnutrition and dysentery. “But then I was arrested for leading a church and imprisoned at the jail where I was trying so hard to go!” The year was 1984 and the communist-oriented leaders in Angola were bent on eliminating any vestiges of faith. “The guards put me into cells with ten other prisoners. The joy of Jesus overcame me as I explained to them the power of redemption. One by one, each of my cell mates trusted Jesus. The guards were so upset. They put me in a different cell, and soon all those fellow prisoners put their faith in Jesus as well.” Pastor Cassicula concluded, “My walk with Jesus and my impact on the world was never more rich than when I was imprisoned.” I can think of no better illustration of James 1:2-4 than that of Pastor Cassicula: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”