Christians request prayer for Milad Gourdazi who must present himself by 21 September to start serving his prison sentence.
On 11 November 2020, Iranian intelligence agents raided the homes of Milad Gourdazi, Amin Khaki and Alireza Nourmohammadi, as well as the homes of several other converts, confiscating Bibles, mobile phones and computers.
Source: Middle East Concern
No-one was arrested at that time, but the converts continued to face harassment and were ordered to abstain from Christian activities – which they refused to do.
Following a hearing in Karaj Revolutionary Court in June, Amin, Milad and Alireza were each handed down the maximum five-year prison sentence, under the recently amended Article 500 of the penal code for; “propaganda that educates in a deviant way contrary to the holy religion of Islam”. They were also fined the equivalent of approximately $2,400.
At an appeal hearing on 25 August, the convictions were upheld, but the prison sentences were reduced to three years each. Milad is the first of the three to receive a prison summons, but it is assumed that Amin and Alireza will shortly be summoned as well.
Let us pray.
- Ask God to encourage and strengthen Milad and the other converts, as they prepare to go to prison on account of their Christian faith.
- Pray they will trust in God’s timing and purposes and not be fearful.
- Pray that God will impart His peace to their families and provide for them throughout the prison term.