NOTE: This is from one of my writing assignments. I had to write a newsletter from Paul to his followers. I thought you guys might enjoy this.
Greetings, brothers and sisters in Christ!
Thank you for the many letters of encouragement I've received since my arrest. I'm able to bear my trials with even better spirits because I know that you are all praying for me.
My latest public appearance has been before the Roman governor of Caesarea, Festus. The Sanhedrin priests brought charges against me, which they could not prove.
I asserted my innocence, saying, "Neither against the Law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything."
Festus seemed to want to favor the priests. They tried to convince me to go to Jerusalem to stand trial. But I refused, stating my right as a Roman citizen to be tried in a Roman court. I do not fear death, but I will not be handed over to men who will find something to accuse me of, even when they cannot disprove my innocence. Therefore, I appealed to Caesar.
Festus replied, "You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you will go."
So, I am on my way to Rome as I write this, to stand trial in Caesar's court. Please continue to pray for me—I am not sure where God has my life going at this point. There is a bright spot in this, however—those Jews conspiring against me cannot touch me, as I am under Roman guard.
Thank you for every kindness and prayer that you have sent my way. Remember me to our brothers and sisters.