Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian converts Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie, who have been given 10 year prison sentences for propagating house churches and promoting “Zionist Christianity”.
Yousef and Mohammadreza have also been sentenced to 2 years’ exile, Yousef in Nik Shahr and Mohammadreza in Borazjan – both of these locations are in the south of the country, far away from their families in Rasht.
The verdict was dated 24 June but was received by the lawyer for the four men on 6 July. The lawyer will appeal on their behalf, and the appeal must be lodged within 20 days of receipt of the verdict.
Yasser, Saheb and Mohammadreza were arrested on 13 May 2016 with their pastor, Yousef, as they were celebrating communion. Yasser, Saheb and Mohammadreza were also charged with consumption of alcohol because they drank communion wine, and on 10 September they were each sentenced to 80 lashes. Their appeal against the sentence of 80 lashes remains outstanding.
Source: Middle East Concern
- Pray the appeal against the verdict will be successful and the sentence of 80 lashes will also be overturned.
- Pray those in authority in Iran will soften their stance against Christian converts and respect the right of all in Iran to freedom of religion.
- Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of Iranian Christians. Pray they will be full of courage as they serve Him and spread His message. Pray the Holy Spirit will continue to reveal Christ to people throughout Iran.