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The Central Assemblies of God church in Tehran was closed last Thursday, 23 May, due to pressure from Iranian security authorities.

The main reason for closure of the church is that the Iranian security authorities wanted to limit the church service to just the Armenian language and prevent any Farsi services.

In another incident on 21 May, security authorities arrested Pastor Robert Asseriyan in the middle of a church service and transferred him to an unknown location. Asseriyan is one of the leaders of the Assemblies church in Tehran.

According to Mohabat News, for some time the Central Assembly of God, and other churches affiliated with it, have been under pressure to cancel their Farsi language services. For their church services to continue, they were told that all services be held in Armenian.

Iran’s Islamic regime has had anti-Christian plans for a long time. They include pressuring pastors and church leaders to prevent Farsi speakers from entering their churches, arresting members of the congregation and pastors and closing churches. House churches have also been raided, and new Christian converts have been arrested and terrorised.

Sources: Assist News Service, Mohabat News

• Pray for Robert Asseriyan, may he know the Lord’s presence and peace. Pray for his release.
• Pray for all those who are in prison in Iran for their Christian faith.
• Ask the Lord to give church leaders in Iran wisdom to know how to best encourage their congregation and to deal with the authorities.