Ebrahim Firouzi was released from Rajaei Shahr prison on 26 October. He will now serve two years’ internal exile in the city of Sarbaz, near the border with Pakistan.
The prison warden wanted to send Ebrahim directly to exile, but he was allowed temporary release to sort out personal affairs, including retrieving personal documents still held by Iranian intelligence.
In August 2013, Ebrahim Firouzi was arrested with two others and taken to Evin prison, Tehran, and later transferred to Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj. He was sentenced to one year in prison and two years of exile to Sarbaz, on charges of “propaganda against the Islamic Republic”, “launching and directing evangelism” and “running a Christian website”.
After serving the one-year prison sentence and expecting to be released, Ebrahim was retried in March 2015 and convicted of “actions against national security”, “being present at an illegal gathering” and “collusion with foreign entities”. He was sentenced to an additional five years in prison. Sadly, in December 2018, while Ebrahim was still in prison, his mother died from cancer and Ebrahim was not permitted to attend her funeral.
Ebrahim says he is in good health and has been very happy to receive calls from friends. He requests prayer for a friend in prison with urgent needs. He also requests prayer for himself, especially for patience when he becomes angry.
Sources: The Voice of the Martyrs USA, Middle East Concern
- Thank the Lord for Ebrahim’s release. Pray God will continue to strengthen him as he starts his time in exile. Pray the Lord will provide all his needs.
- Join with Ebrahim as he prays for his friend and for himself.
- Pray for the church in Iran. May the Lord continue to grant the believers courage to share their faith, even though there is great risk.
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