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Farshid Fathi was arrested on 26 December 2010 in Tehran. He was eventually tried in January 2012 and sentenced to six years in prison for “acting against national security through membership of a Christian organisation, collection of funds and propaganda against the Islamic Regime by helping spread Christianity in the country”. The Revolutionary Court Judge, Mr Salavati signed his sentence.

Pastor Farshid Fathi is spending his third year in Evin prison without ever being given a leave permit. According to Iranian law, prisoners have the right to a number of leave permits each year.

Read below a message of encouragement, first published on Facebook and addressed to those praying for him.

Dear brothers and sisters,
We are celebrating Christmas in prison with honour and unexplainable joy in Christ.
2013 is going to end and we are very thankful to the Lord for everything we were given this year. I had called 2013 ‘the year of revelation’. Now I am very excited because I am calling 2014 ‘the year of God’s presence’.
God calls us to walk before him and be blameless, as he said to Abraham. So far, walking before him is very sweet and so exciting. It is filled with great endurance, afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, sleepless nights, hunger, purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech and the power of God. So my dear brothers and sisters, if you read this, be ready for a very exciting journey in 2014.
Thank you so much for remembering me in your prayers after 1,100 days.
With blessings in Christ,
Your brother,
Sources: Mohabat News, VOM Sources

Prayer Points

  • Praise the Lord! He has given Farshid an extraordinary faith and a great joy, in the midst of difficult circumstances.
  • Pray the Lord will use Farshid’s love of Jesus to strengthen the faith of believers all over the world and draw others to Himself, including Farshid’s fellow prisoners and guards.
  • Pray for Farshid’s release, in God’s perfect timing. Pray for his family as they wait for this day.

Click here to write to Farshid and other Christians in prison for their faith.