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IRAN: Prisoners Needing Prayer

The health of Iranian Christian convert, Maryam Naghash Zargaran, continues to decline. It was reported that over the past week her condition worsened and she is again in need of urgent medical care. According to a prison mate, Zargaran is also suffering from severe weight loss.

The stressful conditions in prison have exacerbated a congenital heart condition, which can reduce the blood’s oxygen levels.

Zargaran, accused of running a house church, was imprisoned in the women’s ward of Evin Detention Centre, Tehran, in 2013.

She has been on hunger strike several times to protest against being denied medical treatment for long-standing health issues. Her sentence was extended to make up for time receiving treatment outside prison.

Last year her family said that prison conditions and the pressure of her pending court case had traumatised her and left her suffering with depression.

Another imprisoned Christian convert recently heard from the Iranian Court of Appeal that his five-year sentence has been upheld.

The decision over Ebrahim Firouzi’s case – made in December 2016 but only just revealed – means he will not be released until January 2020. After release he will be exiled to Sarbaz, a deprived township in Sistan-Baluchestan.

Firouzi’s requests for special leave during his imprisonment have always been turned down. In the past, he has asked for leave to see his mother, who has had cancer for the past year, and whose poor health has left her unable to visit her son in prison. In July 2016, she sent a video message to court officials saying she believed the stress of not seeing him was the major cause of her cancer.

Firouzi, was arrested in March 2013, aged 28 (he’d already spent 10 months in prison on a previous charge). In June 2013, he was charged with “promoting Christian Zionism, attempting to launch a Christian website, making contact with suspicious foreigners, and running online church services”. His sentence for the 2013 arrest was first just one year with two years exiled to Sarbaz. However, when he should have been released in January 2015, a new case was opened against him – which he eventually started to serve time for in April 2015. At present, he barely has access to a mobile phone.

Sources: Mohabat News, World Watch Monitor

  • The Lord’s mercies are new each morning ─ ask Him to provide Maryam, Ebrahim the physical, emotional and spiritual strength they need each day. Commit to the Lord their families especially Ebrahim’s mother.
  • Pray the authorities will show kindness and mercy to Maryam, Ebrahim and other prisoners. Ask the Lord to provide His protection to them. Pray for their release.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen the resolve of His children in Iran to love, serve and follow Him even through great trials and suffering. Pray He will pour out His Spirit and grow His church throughout this nation.

Write letters of encouragement to Maryam, Ebrahim and other Christians in prison.

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9 Responses to IRAN: Prisoners Needing Prayer

  1. l Carole Reilly 31 March 2017 at 2:17 pm #

    Dear brother and sister in the lord. My heart goes out to you as endure a prison sentence for no reason other than you have been faithful to our great God.I do think that some things in this world are very hard for us to understand but we do have a great hope as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ who will come and take us to be with himself and there will be no sorrow, no pain, no crying because all of these things will have passed away and we will be with our Lord forever. I do pray that you will no the peace of God which passes all understanding even in difficult and uncertain circumstances and may you know his abiding presence

    • Voice of the Martyrs 3 April 2017 at 10:04 am #

      Amen. God bless you Carole.

  2. Apostle Bradford 1 April 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    -Plead our cause, O Lord, with them that strive with us: fight against them that fight against us. Take hold of shield and buckler, and stand up for our help. Draw out also the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute us: say unto our soul, I am thy salvation.

    -Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after our soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise our hurt. Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the Lord chase them. Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the Lord persecute them. beware, Apb, Ps. 35:1-6

    • Voice of the Martyrs 3 April 2017 at 10:03 am #

      Amen.

  3. Steve Baxter 3 April 2017 at 2:08 pm #

    Please pass onto both Maryam and Ebrahim separately and if allowed:

    Dear Maryam or Dear Ebrahim…..

    We praise the Father that you have been so faithful. We pray that the Father will return you to health and bring you relief. We pray for your protection from harm, the supply of all your food, medical and comfort needs and your release. We pray for immense blessing to you from the Father. We pray too for the prison officials and guards and the other prisoners that they too will be blessed.

    • Voice of the Martyrs 4 April 2017 at 9:00 am #

      Hi Steve, Thank you for your message. I have written to both Maryam and Ebrahim with your message. It will give them comfort to know that you are praying for them. We have a list of prisoner profiles on our website that includes details of writing to each one. If you would like to have a look go to https://vom.com.au/write-prisoners/.

  4. diana sprinkle 6 April 2017 at 6:09 am #

    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

    2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

    4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

    5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

    6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

    7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

    8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

    9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

    10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

    11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

    12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

    13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

    14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

    15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

    16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

    • Voice of the Martyrs 6 April 2017 at 10:54 am #

      Thank you and God bless.

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