Behind Solitary Confinement: Raise Vitality!

Congregational Apostle of The Lord's Hand Ministry

In the story of Daniel, Paul, and Joseph in the bible, an illustration of a prison experience that prepared them for the greatest stage of their lives, paints a brilliant representation of how God dealt with them and equally it offers immediate application on how God deals with His people. As I refer to our Congregational Apostle success story who imprisoned in Qatar, two years ago, his experienced has a great impact in fulfilling God’s vision in His life. God trust His people especially those people who truly serve Him…

The founder of The Lord’s Hand Ministry, Rev. Joseph Apilado, Filipino, was arrested in Qatar  during his church related training visit and thrown into prison without any ‘warrant of arrest’ or clear case against him two years ago. To be a prisoner in a Muslim country like Qatar said, that he was a religious prisoner and an accused ‘espionage’ /terrorism prisoner because of his involvement to a former Muslim-turned Christian brethren.

Accusations made were too ridiculous to believe. But no matter how eccentric Qatari authorities were, they suppressed Justice for the innocent civilian. Apilado put in jailed for 95 days. He was in a solitary confinement for 85days. After the imprisonment and interrogations, the QATAR Authorities realized that REV.JOSEPH APILADO  is innocent of all charges and released him. He came to the point that he ought to overstay in Qatar because all of his important stuffs like personal money, laptop, cellphones, passport, identification cards, etc. has been confiscated and put on hold by the QATAR SSB;  which until now- it has not been returned except for his passport and identification cards.

In the case of Apilado, who has been arrested without ‘warrant of arrest’, who had not given a chance to defend himself first in the court or prior to put him in jail; this was an indication of impartiality. Heartbreaking, right?

A combination of abusive authorities and biased court decision resulted in an unfair imprisonment. Like the other pastors who were been arrested, Apilado knew how painful to live through in the cell.

He does not often tell of what he suffered inside the prison cell and it is rare that many people can understand unless they themselves have been through such torment. But he does occasionally tell stories of ‘how God’ helped him to get through such difficult experiences. “I endured a lot in the prison. 85 days solitary confinement was a depressive state for me that time…I was mentally and physically tortured, which included many kinds of beatings, sleep deprivation, hell cuffs, hog tie, it was a very terrible experience! And common to us ;were requiring us to assume an uncomfortable position and remain in that position for prolonged periods. When the situation permitted and when no longer under observation, we would secretly assume a more comfortable position, if they caught us, it led to beatings and resumption of the position. Some of the mental and psychological tortures were; giving me false news and information, threatening me with flogging, forcing me to accept debauched charges, threatening us with a long prison sentence, and banning my visitations, forced participation in espionage involvement, and some of my brethren suffered from indoctrination, giving the illusion to convince us that Islam is the true religion/ Jesus is not God, me and my brethren has his own story to tell… It was really traumatic, but in every pain, I always let God to be my strength. My life inside the jail lives was a continual cycle of building and rebuilding for me. Considering that all of this, was a constructive solitary confinement for me…It was where i find more time talking to God, clinging on his words and I constructed there a lucid focus on God’s purpose…I know that when God looks down at me, He sees a project that needs and demands continual maturing and growth. God is still saying to me that time “GROW UP and continue to SERVE me JOSEPH!” Apilado testified.

Apostle Joseph did not ask for mercy to men, He put all his trust to God, instead. When the court Judge asked him  if there would be any words left unsaid before going back to his cell, he just only expressively said to the Judge that ‘he wants to go back in the Philippines’. In fact, his attitude proved him innocent.

In the prison of circumstances, God elevates Apostle Joseph. He gets him to a place of complete surrender. And the only way He can get him there is by allowing some friction in life. His conversations with God inside the jail caused him to unlock THE TOTALITY of SALVATION and THE FIVE PILLARS OF FAITH.

That seems strange right?- that God would sometime ‘Lock up His servants. It’s because God wants to use and rise who can endure pain to a higher level of influence. It has been usually stated for the servant of God that ‘the one God can Bruise, is the one God can Use’.

Up to date, Apostle Joseph Apilado, is more focus on the higher purpose that God is given to him. He looks younger now, which seemed no trace of bitterness from his tragic experiences from the abusive Qatari authorities.

Apostle Joseph too is occupied with the ministry speaking engagements, developing now a sports and wellness centre, mentoring leaders, and helping the other brethren who were imprisoned in Qatar to get he justice they deserve in God’s way…

As I recalled in one of his testimonies, Apostle Joseph testified that, “When God allows His people to be imprisoned by a situation, He always has a purpose.  Generally, his purpose is to refine and prepare the servants of God for a new phase of life and ministry.”  And truly,Apostle Joseph never loses hope and still fighting for the JUSTICE! He knows that God has a course of action in place. He believe that rightfulness or fair dealing with discrimination like what had happen to them; where a process and time of testing and trusting God more, is the ‘key’ for COMPLETE FREEDOM.Yes, he was ‘chosen’, but chained for a while.  he was ‘called’, but confined for a moment, these reasons are enough to embrace tremendous calling of God in his life, one that Satan is terrified of-to spread more revelations about salvation and expose the work of the devil; to stop the injustice and oppression!

“The case of the other remaining pastors who were illegally detained in Qatar must be exposed now. Let not the INJUSTICE strikes anywhere! Let’s roar a thunder campaign out of it!”Apilado added.

Truthfully,TLH family is still holding on to the promise and the word of God that  “When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”-(Prov. 21:15) . As it was quoted in the books of Revelation 2:10 “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution… Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”-through these words of God, it will certainly accomplish the liberty! .

Joseph Apilado has a tremendous calling of God on his life. God has placed a gift inside of Him, and as he grows and becomes stronger, he is more suitable to use those tools in full operation.

***Calling all Filipinos out there! Spread now the callousness of Qatar authorities!

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19 thoughts on “Behind Solitary Confinement: Raise Vitality!

  1. deo gabasa says:

    its about time!!!! let this expose the injustice experienced by our fellow brothers in Qatar. these pastors have families and nobody deserves to be in prison for long period of time(more than 2 yrs!!!!!)come on…. without conviction. lets unite and wake the qatar justice system up.

  2. I’ve been to Qatar last April 17 to May 27 and saw the plight of our three Pastors still incarcerated inside a Qatari jail for more than three years now namely Ptr Boy Chua, Ptr Ralph Alamares and Ptr Ronald Ulep. From the accounts of the released brethren including Apostle Joseph Apilado and Ptr Rene Magcosta all of them were tortured and cruelly treated inside the prison cells! Our fellow filipino OFWs and tourists should be informed of these injustices in Qatar and sound off the alarm to the whole world! Filipinos in Qatar say that the Democratic Justice slogan of ‘Anyone is innocent until proven guilty’ is reversed in Qatar! It’s ‘You are guilty until proven innocent’ in Qatar! Something must be done to give justice to our three Filipino Pastors still languishing in Jail and this is an international issue! God speed!

  3. they do not deserve to be tortured and maltreated!!! Ler’s stop Qatar’s cruelty!!!!

  4. who’s person would like to receive injustice, unfair treatment, pain, suffering, treated like animals inside the prison? Even Qatari i am sure would refuse to be treated like that, but why are you QATAR GOVERNMENT treating people in prison with such a horrible treatment. what are you afraid of? why don’t you prove that these people in jail deserve to detain without any charges given, are you waiting for the same thing to happen to you before you realized the injustice you are giving to these people.Qatar Government and officials, what will you do if you are in this kind of situation? try to think of it…..do you think you are super heroes immune to sufferings?

    INJUSTICE IN QATAR MUST END!

  5. EnEs TyCee says:

    This is definitely the time to rise above and fight the injustice that our fellow Filipinos have experienced in Qatar. Illegal detention and torture that our dearest pastors have gone through are not uncommon for these places that are shaken by the Word of God. Another way of the enemy to test the faith of God’s people…. but he will not succeed! I do believe God will touch the heart of one of our government officials who will embrace the same vision and mission of giving justice and spreading the Word of God. Bless God!

  6. We will not stop until TRUTH and JUSTICE prevail!!!!
    its about time that this INJUSTICES in Qatar be EXPOSED!!!!

  7. Let us unite in voicing out and spreading out in the hearts of every individual, this cruel, horrible, inhuman injustice going on in Qatar, do not wait on the same thing to happen to you or your love ones before you act, now is the time,…..injustice in Qatar must end! QATAR GOVERNMENT….Act, and you must! what you have done to others will be done unto you as well, good or bad, it will surely come to you, if you don’t believe in that, WELL, I DO believe….

  8. Justice means; “the rendering to every one his due or right; just treatment; merited reward or punishment; that which is due to one’s conduct or motives” before I would expect justice from these Qataris… maybe somebody has to teach the word to them first. Apparently they do not know the word.

  9. I agree that these Qataris do not know the meaning of JUSTICE! If they do, they would have given Justice to the Filipinos still detained there! But I say to you, Qataris, ANYONE WHO IS ANGRY WITH HIS BROTHER WITHOUT A CAUSE WILL BE SUBJECT TO PUNISHMENT…AND WHOEVER SAYS “YOU FOOL” WILL BE SUBJECT TO HELL FIRE!

    • I call for justice!!!
      Yes I agree! Our pastors are innocent of all charges, why not release them! They confiscated also the important belongings of Apostle. Joseph such as personal money, laptop, and cell phones which until now they haven’t returned. I don’t know what those Qatari officials want! if they want to use it as evidence. Evidence, for WHAT! If I were them I will not only use the belongings as evidence especially the laptop, I will also open the files and read it. Then they will see what they are looking for. Strong evidence that
      JESUS is Lord!!!! I think they want to be converted as followers of Christ too! But what I really know as long as the belongings of Apostle Joseph are in their hands. the hand of God will not stop working in their hearts. The Lord’s hand was heavy upon the officials of Qatar.

  10. Qataris we will pursue Justice!

  11. The Qatari government is fighting the wrong enemy. They are against GOD. They are fighting against MEN OF GOD. They are fighting against CITIZENS OF GOD. Basically that’s smells defeat for them because GOD IS ON OUR SIDE!

  12. I agree that injustices in Qatar should be exposed! You, Government of Qatar should do actions with regards to this matter. It is not simple as you think. You must learn how to give justice to those innocent people! We will not stop fighting! The more you became deaf about this, the more God will expose you! INJUSTICE IN QATAR MUST END!

  13. Qatar, don’t underestimate us. Because we, OVERCOMERS, will surely put an end to your injustices. To God be the Glory.

  14. I thank God for giving us a strong spiritual leader as apostle Joseph. Living a life of integrity, holiness, transparency and most of all obedience to our God. We in The Lord’s Hand Ministries are witnesses of his life and teachings. He did not give in to what the Qatar government would like to make him – a convert to Islam. Thus, the accusations, mistreatment, brutality and injustices of Qatar to him and to our remaining pastors is now being demanded for a retribution. The fight against injustice in Qatar has now started! Qatar release the people of God, NOW!

  15. We appeal to the king for the justice of our pastors, let them go, and let Justice be served for all that has been abused of this injustice in your state….It’s time to WAKE UP…..

  16. WE Will NEVER BE SILENT!!! LET QATAR GOVERNMENT KNOWS That there is a COUNTRY in FAR EAST NAME PHILIPPINES..Thousand FILIPINOS are working in QATAR believing they will be treated HUMANLY..But to our regret THREE FILIPINOS UNTIL NOW ARE BEING INPRISONED WITHOUT DUE PROCESS, BRUTALLY MALTREATED…These people are NOT just OVERSEAS WORKERS…They ARE LEADERS and PASTORS…For ALMOST 2 YEARS NOW! THey HAVE FAMILIES WHO MISSES THEM…PARENTS that CRIES for their FREEDOM…INNOCENT PEOPLE MUST BE FREE….LISTEN!!!

  17. Shout of victory to the King of Glory! His right hand will do signs and wonders and miracles to His people. Our Pastors will be release by His wonderful act. And all the Qatari officials that were involve in their imprisonment will definitely pay.

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