The mother and her son were arrested at the end of February in Iran’s West Azerbaijan Province. Their home was initially raided and Bibles and books about theology were seized.
The mother and her son, Anousheh Rezabakhsh and Soheil Zargarzadeh, recently converted to Christianity. They are also reported to be suffering from health problems.
Christianity is a growing faith in Iran, but converts have to be very careful and attend underground churches.
Iranian-American academic at University of Nevada, Eliot Assoudeh, told Fox News that the US needs to protect Christians around the world. He said: “The United States, its Western allies, and the international human rights organisations should show their concern, call on the Islamic Republic authorities and demand the immediate release of these two Christians.”
It is becoming increasingly common for Christians, and other religious minorities, to be arrested. The Islamic Republic of Iran sees leaving Islam as a crime that is punishable by death.
The persecution of Christians is on the rise and in 2016 nearly 80 Christians were arrested in Iran.
Sources: Iran Focus, International Christian Concern
- Pray for the swift and safe release of Anousheh and Soheil. Ask the Lord to grant them His protection.
- Pray that Anousheh and Soheil will continue to be strong and grow in their faith during this trial.
- Pray for God to comfort Anousheh and Soheil’s family as they wait to hear news for a successful trial.