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Iranian church leaders have requested intercession for Farshid Fathi, a believer from a Muslim background, who is serving a six-year prison sentence. He was injured on 17 April when revolutionary guards attacked a number of prisoners held in Evin prison, Tehran.

Farshid suffered a broken foot and toe after he intervened in the beating of another prisoner and a guard stamped on his foot. He was taken to hospital for treatment on 20 April as a day patient.

Farshid was arrested on 26 December 2010 along with a number of other Christian leaders. He has been subjected to periods of solitary confinement, intense interrogation and at times he has been denied communication with his family.

In March 2012 he was convicted on charges of anti-state political activity, charges that were derived from his leadership of a network of house fellowships. In June 2013 his appeal was rejected and the six-year sentence upheld.

Across Iran, at least 50 others are known to be in prison because of their Christian faith or activities.

Sources: Middle East Concern, Elam Ministries, Mohabat News

Prayer Points

  • Please pray for Farshid, together with others injured; may they be completely healed.
  • Pray Farshid, his fellow prisoners and their families may know the presence, peace and protection of Jesus each day; pray for their release.
  • Pray the guards and officials involved will love mercy, act justly, learn about Jesus and choose to follow Him.

Click here to write a letter of encouragement to Farshid and other Christians in prison for their faith