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After 220 days in prison, Pastor Farhad Sabokrouh and another church minister, Naser Zamen-Dezfuli, were released on 4 December 2013.

On 23 December 2011, Iranian authorities raided their Assemblies of God church service and arrested everyone in attendance, including children. Several hours later, the authorities released everyone but Pastor Sabokrouh; the pastor’s wife, Shahnaz Jayzan; Naser Zamen-Dezfuli; and another church member, Davoud Alijani.

The four were later released on bail, but in October 2012 they were each sentenced to one year in prison for ‘converting to Christianity, inviting Muslims to convert and acting against state security through evangelistic activities.’ The four were summoned to court on 1 May 2013, to begin serving their sentences.

Davoud Alijani was sent to Karoon prison in Ahvaz, while the other three were transferred to Sepider Prison in Ahvaz. Davoud and Shahnaz remain in prison.

Sources: Mohabat News, VOM USA

Prayer Points

  • Praise God for answered prayer for Farhad and Naser, ask Him to give them the grace and strength to help them overcome their ordeal. Pray the Lord will protect them.
  • Ask God to use the testimonies of these two men to act as witnesses for God’s love and faithfulness.
  • Pray for Davoud and Shahnaz and all those currently in prison in Iran for Christ’s name.