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Despite Iran’s promises to maintain the rights of the country’s religious minorities, persecution is still a matter of tremendous concern for various faith groups. However, it seems that the Islamic regime has a particular interest in the systemic persecution of Christians.

A report from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom indicates that Iranian authorities continue to raid churches, threatening their members and also imprisoning them. The same report states that more than 500 Christians have been arrested since 2010.

While it’s encouraging to know that in these past few weeks some Christian prisoners were granted release prior to their completed term, others have been arrested. Among those imprisoned are 18 Christians who were tried and convicted in recent months for evangelising, facilitating home churches and speaking out against Iran’s Islamic Republic.

The Iranian government’s persecution of religious minorities stands in direct contrast to President Hassan Rouhani’s promise to protect religious freedom which he made while campaigning in 2013.

Sources: Mohabat News, World Tribune

Prayer Points

• Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in Iran. May they be strengthened by the empowerment of God’s Spirit, and may their hearts be encouraged by the hope we have in Christ.
• Ask that a hedge of protection would surround the country’s Christians and members of other religious minorities.
• Pray for the Iranian government and its authorities, asking God to move their hearts toward repentance.

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