Iranian Christians request prayer for four Christian converts and their families after the men presented themselves at Evin Prison on 2 June to begin serving five-year sentences.
Hossein Kadivar, Khalil Dehghanpour, Kamal Naamanian and Mohammed Vafadar obeyed a summons issued on 28 May. They had been released on bail last July.
They were among nine Christian converts belonging to the Church of Iran who were arrested over a four-week period at the beginning of 2019. They were accused of endangering state security and promoting Zionism. Following a disagreement with the judge over the choice of a defence lawyer, the other five men were immediately transferred to Evin prison, as they were unable to meet extortionate bail demands of about $200,000 each.
In October 2019, all nine were convicted of “acting against national security” and each sentenced to five years’ imprisonment. The sentences were upheld on appeal in February 2020.
Source: Middle East Concern
- Pray God will grant His peace to those who recently started serving their prison sentences and encourage them greatly.
- Ask God to comfort the families of all Christians in prison, providing for their needs and encouraging them to trust in Him during this difficult time.
- Thank the Lord for the remarkable church growth in Iran and pray the believers will be bold in their witness for Him.
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