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An Iranian Christian has been released from prison after a three-and-a-half-year sentence for “propaganda against the regime” and “acting against national security”.

Alireza Seyyedian, a Church of Iran member, was originally sentenced to six years’ imprisonment, 90 lashes and a fine, but his sentence was reduced in May 2013.

After his initial sentencing in March 2012, he attempted to flee across the Turkish border, but was caught and imprisoned.

Harsh conditions took their toll on Alireza’s health, with reports of him suffering insomnia, depression and stress related symptoms.

Around 90 Iranian Christians are still in prison.

Sources: World Watch Monitor, The Voice of the Martyrs USA, Middle East Concern

Many people sent letters of encouragement to Alireza during his time in prison. To write to other Christians imprisoned for their faith, please visit

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Alireza; may the Lord restore him to full physical health and spiritually strengthen him. Ask the Lord to protect him and help him as he rebuilds his life.
  • Pray for the many Christians who remain in prison in Iran. Ask the Lord to minister to them and help them to endure. Pray for their release.
  • Pray letters sent to prisoners will be an encouragement to believers and a witness to inmates and guards.

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