Iranian Christians are pleased to report the release of Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz from Evin Prison in Tehran.
Pastor Victor expresses his thanks to those who have been praying for him, and says that it was a great source of encouragement to know of this support.
On 26 December security officials raided the house of Pastor Victor and conducted a thorough search, confiscating Bibles, mobile phones and identity papers belonging to people who had gathered for a Christmas celebration. All those present were arrested and most were released shortly afterwards, but Pastor Victor, who is of Assyrian Christian background, and two other believers (from Muslim backgrounds) were taken to Evin Prison.
The two believers detained along with Pastor Victor, Amin and Kaviyan, were released on bail a month ago. Pastor Victor was initially refused bail. However, on 1 March he was offered conditional release. The bail conditions were high and his family has had to submit title deeds to meet these conditions.
Pastor Victor feels weak, has breathing difficulties, and has lost weight. He also has a tooth infection, but otherwise is in reasonable health. Security officials are keeping his home under observation.
Source: Middle East Concern
- Please pray Victor will quickly recover from the ordeal and have wisdom about the next steps that he should take regarding his ministry.
- Pray Victor will be able to receive adequate legal assistance and that the Iranian justice officials will not make unreasonable bail demands.
- Pray all those in prison in Iran on account of their faith in Jesus will be released soon; ask the Lord to give them opportunities to share their faith while in prison.