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Those who have survived persecution often need just as much prayer as those currently enduring persecution, according to Elam Ministries.
"It is relatively common knowledge that Christians in Iran can be imprisoned for their faith," notes Elam, which works to build the church in the Iran region. "New arrests and prison sentences hit the prayer headlines quite regularly. But less well known is the potential long-term psychological damage that persecution can cause."
Long after an abusive arrest, an extended stint in solitary, an intensive interrogation, or incarceration in a volatile ward, Christians can continue to suffer, Elam warns. Once released, the trauma is not necessarily over: whether it’s dark nightmares, flashbacks, paranoia, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, the effects can sometimes be devastating and long-lasting. Especially for those who have endured physical or psychological torture, memories remain, fear and uncertainties cloud the mind, wounds need healing.
Elam calls on Christians to pray for long-term healing for all those who are suffering following persecution. "The support of friends, family and church members is vital for recovery; let’s pray for wisdom as they seek to love, care and pray for survivors," it says. "Let’s pray also that those that need professional counseling support would find it, and that all survivors would continue to bring their pain, memories and questions before Jehova Rapha- our God who heals."
• Emotional healing
• Wisdom for family and friends
• New hope and vision for the future