Iranian Christian converts continue to face government persecution, including charges that can carry the death penalty.
Five Christians – Mohammad Taslimi, Hamidreza Borhani, Zainab Akbari (Borhani’s wife), Moluk Ruhani and Sepideh Morshedi – were arrested on 2 September and are being held without charge. Authorities seized their Bibles, computer equipment and mobile phones.
Several other Christians have been arrested since August, and Iranian officials have charged several church leaders with the crimes of “enmity against God” and “spreading corruption on Earth,” both of which can carry the death penalty. One of those recently charged is Pastor Behnam Irani, who is already serving a six-year sentence.
Since 1979, over 8,000 political and religious dissidents have been executed in Iran under the charge of “spreading corruption on Earth.”
Source: Middle East Concern
- Ask God to use the imprisonment of His children to embolden the Iranian church in the work of the Gospel.
- Pray for provision and protection for the families of those who have been arrested.
- Ask the Lord to give these five prisoners a sense of peace and security in Christ despite their uncertain future.