Why all this Suffering?


Mehyar’s desperate prayer still echoes in my mind: “Lord, why was I born in the country of Iran?”

Mehyar and his family were forced to flee Iran when his wife started receiving threats from the Iranian government on account of her outspoken Christian faith.

Mehyar’s prayer continues: “Honestly God, sometimes I think you don’t have control over what’s going on in the world, because I see so much pain, war, and sorrow that it breaks my heart. Lord please bring your justice to this broken world….”

Mehyar cannot work legally in the country he has fled to, and already his family’s savings are used up. They are awaiting assignment to another country as refugees, but for now Mehyar works illegally in the back of a restaurant chopping chicken in order to provide something for his family.

I’m sure that the pain of their waiting is especially hard at Christmas… a time when Christians in most places are celebrating and exchanging gifts. Mehyar and his family are so alone.

I am reminded of them again in church as I join in singing the familiar Advent hymn with Christians gathered around me:

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.  

But what do I know of loneliness? Lonely exile is a painful reality for Mehyar’s family.

Mehyar and others like him depend on your partnership. Each dollar you are able to give brings support, community, and hope to families like Mehyar’s in hard places around the world.

  • Because of support from donors like you, Mehyar and his family were recently able to attend a Words of Hope discipleship conference.
  • At the conference, they were finally able to worship and connect with other Iranian Christians and seekers in a safe location.
  • While together, the participants wrote psalms to the Lord. They mourned their difficult situations, but also renewed their hope in God’s sovereign provision.

In the midst of waiting and pain, remember the refrain of the Advent hymn. I believe the words to be true:

“Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!”

Mehyar’s prayer also concludes with hope: “Lord thank you so much for patiently helping me and giving me time to know you more and be like your son Jesus Christ. I know Christianity is hard, but I know I’m not alone. Please stay with me until the end.”

Thanks to your past generosity, Mehyar has had the chance to experience the joy of community within the body of Christ. Please help to make this a possibility for more hopeless and displaced people during this holiday season.

So many families like Mehyar’s are still waiting to know they are not alone.