Finally, the inmates’ mocking laughter stopped.
Boris did not smile.
On purpose – to humiliate him for his faith in Christ – the prison guards had issued him a uniform that was twice his size. The sleeves reached his knees; his gigantic shoes made him look like a clown. When he entered the barracks, the criminals, incited by the camp commander, greeted him with laughter and ridicule.
A prisoner came and bowed in front of him with fake piety. “I greet you, Holy Father. You are the Ambassador of Christ Himself. Do you represent the interests of Heaven?”
His mocking words gave Boris courage. He forgot how ridiculous he looked and boldly answered, “Yes, I do represent heaven. That is why the atheists hate me and have imprisoned me.”
Boris recalled, “While I was preaching to those despising sinners, the sermon affected me too. Soon, I wanted to hug them for having reminded me of my high calling!”
He also said, “Many fear suffering; in the past, I too feared. But the presence of the Lord in jail has given me so many happy experiences that I would not have changed them for years of easy living in freedom.”
(From the book ‘Jesus Freaks’ by DC Talk & Voice of Martyrs)
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