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IRAN: Imprisoned Christian Dangerously Depressed

IRAN: Imprisoned Christian Dangerously Depressed

A woman in Iran is worried about her mother, a Christian woman imprisoned for her faith.

Mary was arrested earlier this year for her Christian activities. On a recent visit, Mary’s daughter noticed her mother couldn’t answer questions, responding only with one-word answers of either “yes” or “no”.

Mary’s daughter told VOM partners that her mother is depressed and is not her normal self. She is worried and asks for prayer.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Ask the Lord to uphold Mary and bring physical, emotional and spiritual solace and strength.
  • Ask the Lord to recall to Mary’s mind, promises found in Scripture to provide her with comfort.
  • Pray for Mary’s release from prison and in the meantime, for her protection from evil. Ask God to somehow use what was meant for harm, instead for good.

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IRAN: Imprisoned Christian’s Son Expelled from School

IRAN: Imprisoned Christian’s Son Expelled from School

An imprisoned Christian is asking for prayer specifically for his son. Ali was arrested for his participation in a house church. He is being kept in a prison separate from other Christians arrested at the same time and says he is often insulted by other prisoners for his faith.

Imprisonment is difficult enough, but Ali has an added stress: his son was expelled from school after his father’s arrest, losing his scholarship.

Worrying about his family has overwhelmed Ali at times, but he says he is learning to turn to God in these moments and trust that both his life and his family’s lives are in God’s hands. He told a VOM partner that he is thankful for all the brothers and sisters who are standing alongside him as he endures this trial.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Pray that Ali will feel the Holy Spirit’s ministering presence. Pray too for his protection.
  • Ask the Lord to give Ali opportunities to share with other prisoners, the very Gospel for which he has been detained. Ask God to be at work in the hearts and minds of those who hear the message of salvation.
  • Pray God will make a way for other opportunities for education for Ali’s son. Pray for Ali’s family as they try to manage life during this time of separation.

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IRAN: Christian Flogged for Drinking Communion Wine

IRAN: Christian Flogged for Drinking Communion Wine

On 15 November, Iranian Christian convert Saheb Zaman Fadaie received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine. He is the second Christian to have this sentence implemented in two months.

This sentence was issued against Fadaie, as well as two others, in September 2016. They also received a 10 year prison sentence for acting against national security, which they began serving in 2018. This past May, their prison sentences were reduced, Fadaie will be imprisoned for six years.

The Iranian regime’s harsh suppression of conscience is well-documented and internationally recognised. In terms of religious freedom, they are one of the worst violators across the globe. This persecution has not prevented the church from existing and growing, but it is nevertheless deeply challenging and impactful on congregants.

Sources: International Christian Concern, Middle East Concern

  • Pray that God will bring healing and consolation to Saheb after this punishment. Ask the Lord to provide comfort and strength to him as he remains in prison.
  • Ask God to support and comfort Saheb’s wife and children as they continue to suffer separation.
  • Praise God for the remarkable church growth in Iran. Pray the oppression from the authorities will be used by God to embolden the faith of believers.

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IRAN: Prisoner update

IRAN: Prisoner update

Iranian Christians are thankful that a new charge against convert Ebrahim Firouzi has been rejected through lack of evidence and the case closed.

In 2013, Ebrahim was arrested and sentenced to one year in prison and two years of internal exile  for “propaganda against the regime by establishing and organising Christian gatherings” and “having contacts with anti-revolutionary networks outside Iran.”

Ebrahim was expected to be released early in 2015, but he remained in prison. In March 2015 he was retried and sentenced to an additional five years in prison on charges of “acting against national security by gathering and collusion.”

In November 2019, after completing the consecutive prison sentences, Ebrahim started serving the two-year period of exile in the remote town of Sarbaz in Sistan-Balochestan province, near the border with Pakistan. On 12 March Ebrahim was notified that his exile had been extended by eight months for violating its terms, and an additional three months for failing to appear for a daily signing in.

On 27 September, Ebrahim was notified that he had to appear before the prosecutor in Rask, near Sarbaz, to answer a charge of “propaganda against the state.” A conviction could have carried a prison sentence of three to twelve months. Thankfully, on 28 September, the prosecutor closed the case against him for lack of evidence.

Source: Middle East Concern

  • Thank the Lord for this recent development in Ebrahim’s case.
  • Pray that Ebrahim will know the Lord’s peace during this time of increased pressure from the Iranian authorities, even while in exile.
  • Pray that the Iranian authorities will stop the harassment and persecution of Christian converts in violation of their human rights.

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IRAN: Christian Prisoners Contract COVID-19

IRAN: Christian Prisoners Contract COVID-19

Concerns are rising over news that at least 12 prisoners in Ward 8 of Evin Prison in Tehran, tested positive for COVID-19.

Christian convert Yasser Mossayebzadeh is one of the 12 and is now reportedly gravely ill. Two other converts, Saheb Fadaee and Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh, did not test positive but are beginning to show symptoms. Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani and convert Youhan Omidi are at risk.

Prisoners in Ward 8 recently staged a sit-in to protest the poor living conditions that are putting them at risk of the virus. Rooms are overcrowded with few opportunities for social distancing, and the prison does not give the prisoners quality access to hygiene. It is estimated that there are at least another 10 Christian prisoners of conscience being held in other wards with no reports of their health status.

As the pandemic reached its peak in March, Iran released around 100,000 prisoners, six of them Christian, as authorities began to fear the spread of the virus within the overcrowded prisons. Despite this, the prisons are now overcrowded once more and there are even more Christian prisoners of conscience than there were before the pandemic.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Ask the Lord to protect these prisoners from the virus. Pray the authorities will treat them with mercy and compassion.
  • Pray the Lord will use this time of uncertainty and suffering to draw them closer to Him.
  • Pray that believers in prison will have an opportunity to witness to the certainty they have in God, to those around them who do not know Him.

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