Iran is the only nation in the world whose official state religion is Shiite Islam. Its government is among the most oppressive regimes in the world.
It is illegal to leave Islam, and Christians face the constant threat of imprisonment and being falsely charged with “acting against national security”.
Christians are persecuted by government authorities, which have a network of informants in each city.
Family, friends and community members sometimes also persecute Christians, especially when news of a conversion becomes public.
Christians are routinely fired from their jobs, and it is difficult for a known believer to find a new job. They also are often evicted from rented homes. Many Christians gather in secret fellowships. They receive teaching through Christian media smuggled into the country and through satellite television programmes, which broadcast the Gospel and discipleship teachings in Farsi. Several Christians are currently imprisoned, and many others are under house arrest awaiting sentencing.
Mahrokh Roksare Kanbari, 65, was arrested shortly before Christmas in December 2018, when three Iranian intelligence agents raided her home in the city of Karaj. The agents confiscated mobile phones, Bibles and Christian materials. Mahrokh was then taken to intelligence offices, where she endured ten days of intense interrogation from morning to evening.
Mahrokh was conditionally released after submitting a bail of approximately $3,600. In January 2019, she was brought before the prosecutor to answer charges of “acting against national security”. She was then forced to go to a religious leader to be “instructed” and directed to return to Islam.
At her trial in July 2019, friends said the judge was rude and tried to humiliate Mahrokh. He then sentenced her to one year in prison for “propaganda against the system”.
Mahrokh was summoned to serve her one-year prison term in October 2019.
Please pray that God will protect and sustain Mahrokh.
Writing to prisoners is a great way to provide encouragement to believers who are imprisoned for their faith. It also acts as a Christian witness to guards and authorities.
Prisoner Alert allows you either to obtain information on a prisoner and write to them in English or to choose encouraging phrases and Bible verses to construct a letter in the prisoner’s own language.
You can then print the letter and post it directly to the prisoner or send it to us and we will forward the letter on your behalf.
Post to us at:
Voice of the Martyrs
PO Box 250
Lawson NSW 2783
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