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Missionary Tells Harrowing Tale of Prison Time He and His Wife Spent in Venezuela

This horrific story is not without an incredible ending.

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‘It was as close to hell as you can imagine,’ said Josh, taking a deep breath. ‘We’re lucky to have made it out alive. When I first got there I was terrified and became very ill.

‘They threw me in a tiny cell barely big enough to fit a bunk bed in with no toilet. I had to crap on newspaper on the floor and pee in a bottle, the stench was unbearable.

‘In the first six months I dropped 60lb in weight, I had bronchitis, scabies, kidney stones and hemorrhoids and the only medical attention I was given was a shot of pain killers.

‘I was in constant pain in my stomach and one of my teeth split in two. I had agonizing tooth ache for three months and didn’t once see a dentist or receive medication.’

Despite the devastated economy in Venezuela, the textbook example of the many failures of a Marxist economy, American leftists still laud the “people’s revolution” in the socialist regime and continue to push the same ideology up North.

“Cognitive dissonance” doesn’t even come close.

And in true Marxist fashion, the Chavez-founded, Maduro-succeeded regime has hosted a slew of political prisoners subject to brutal conditions and even torture over the years.

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Josh Holt is a 26-year-old Mormon missionary from Riverton, Utah, who was recently released from the notorious El Helicoide prison in Caracas where he was held on espionage charges.

Holt is not a spy, but just a regular American who met a beautiful Mormon girl, Thamy, online in 2016. They fell in love, as often happens in the new millennium, and Holt soon traveled to Venezuela where he proposed to and married Thamy. He remained in Venezuela with his new bride as they awaited Thamy’s visa.

That was when their nightmare began. Venezuelan police raided Thamy’s apartment, accused the duo of “weapons stockpiling”, and dragged them off to prison.

There, he was detained in squalor, defecating on newspaper and being subject to dehumanizing psychological torture like fake staged executions and torture.

Holt recently gave his account to Daily Mail:

‘It was as close to hell as you can imagine,’ said Josh, taking a deep breath. ‘We’re lucky to have made it out alive. When I first got there I was terrified and became very ill.

‘They threw me in a tiny cell barely big enough to fit a bunk bed in with no toilet. I had to crap on newspaper on the floor and pee in a bottle, the stench was unbearable.

‘In the first six months I dropped 60lb in weight, I had bronchitis, scabies, kidney stones and hemorrhoids and the only medical attention I was given was a shot of pain killers.

‘I was in constant pain in my stomach and one of my teeth split in two. I had agonizing tooth ache for three months and didn’t once see a dentist or receive medication.’

His wife, Thamy, was sickeningly subject to even more brutality, in the form of physical torture and constant interrogations. She gave her emotional account:

Tightly clasping Josh’s hand and breaking down in tears, Thamy recalled: ‘They covered my eyes, wrapped my arms in newspaper and electrocuted me with a taser, and they put the ends of my fingers in a pencil sharpener. I was so scared.

‘They wanted me to sign a confession that Josh was part of an espionage plot, that he led a CIA team sent to undermine the Venezuelan government, that he had killed people. I just cried and refused.’

This horrific story is not without an incredible ending. After two years in detainment, the couple, with the help of Trump administration senior officials, were finally released and escorted together to the airport, where they flew back home with Thamy’s two small daughters. They met with the President last week before being reunited with family.

The best part came upon their return to Utah, where friends and family were overjoyed to meet them and gave them a truly American welcome:

Two days later Holt landed back home in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was greeted by a large crowd of family and friends, some holding signs in English and Spanish saying ‘We never gave up’ and Let Freedom Ring’.

Holt’s grandmother, Malinda, draped an American flag around her grandson’s shoulders during the emotional homecoming as the crowd sang the national anthem.

For Holt, being back home on US soil surrounded by his family as a free man has still yet to sink in.

Let freedom ring, indeed.

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Catholic Priest Says A Prayer For ‘Unborn Child In The Womb’ During The DNC

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A Catholic priest who was called upon to deliver a prayer during the Democratic National Convention no doubt made quite a few folks very, very angry by praying for and making a plea on behalf of unborn children at the end of the event. Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit who has caused quite a stir in the Catholic Church for his writings about gay and transgender issues, prayed that folks who were watching the event would open their hearts to “those most in need,” which included “the unborn child in the womb.” Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “Help to be a nation where every life is sacred, all people are loved, and all are welcome,” he said. Martin confirmed to the Washington Examiner earlier in the week that his prayer would contain explicit references to the unborn. Although a hot-button issue for much of the Democratic primary, abortion did not play a major role in the Democratic convention. Aside from Martin’s prayer, the issue received only minimal attention, with some speakers mentioning it in their speeches. Republicans, by contrast, are gearing up to make a major issue of abortion at the Republican National Convention next week. In addition to several anti-abortion speakers, the Republican National Committee invited Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, to deliver the convention’s opening prayer. Dolan has previously done so at both the Republican and Democratic conventions, during which he prayed for the protection of the unborn. At the end of the day, abortion is one of the most critical issues to face our culture in modern history. The reason, of course, is because fundamentally, at the core of the issue, is the defense of the most basic right we all have. The God-given right to exist, to live. If we cannot…

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President Trump Says He’d ‘Go In And Do A Number On Middle East Countries Persecuting Christians’

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President Trump recently said that he would “do a number” on countries located in the Middle East that are persecuting Christians if he could find solid proof and evidence that sort of thing was happening. Christians in that part of the world are heavily persecuted, mostly by radical Muslim government regimes and terrorist groups, for daring to stand up boldly for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Here’s more on this from The Washington Examiner: “If you look at the way Christians have been treated in some countries, it’s beyond disgraceful,” Trump said Thursday during a news conference at the White House. “If I had information and if I had absolute proof — some of the stories that we’ve heard, which are not easy, which is not easy to get — I would go in and do a number to those countries like you wouldn’t believe. He added, “What they do to Christians in the Middle East — it’s disgraceful.” Trump made the comment while discussing the nascent “Abraham Accord” treaty to normalize relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This is not only going to be a big help to Christians in that area of the world, but it will also help Israel as well. For many, many years, the Jewish Nation has been surrounded by countries who do not recognize it’s legitimate right to exist. Striking this deal is a first step in changing that way of thinking in that part of the world. It’s something a lot of folks probably never dreamed possible before. Christians are told in the Bible to expect persecutions and to rejoice in suffering for the cause of Christ. However, that doesn’t mean we should allow persecution to continue on as if it’s a good thing. It’s not. If we have an opportunity…

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