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IRAN: Two Believers Await Ruling on Prison Terms

IRAN: Two Believers Await Ruling on Prison Terms

Two Iranian Christians continue to await a judge’s decision on their appeal of prison sentences they received in December 2017.

Eskander Rezaie and Suroush Saraie, both of whom have been previously imprisoned, face eight-year sentences if their appeal is denied.

Eskander was arrested in July 2017 after hundreds of New Testaments were discovered in his home, and Suroush, a pastor, was arrested for trying to exempt the children of Christian converts from Islamic instruction.

The men were hopeful that a March hearing might resolve the charges against them, but the judge has not yet ruled on their appeal.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Ask the Lord to strengthen Eskander and Suroush and provide them and their families with patience.
  • Pray the judge will examine the case justly and overturn the sentences.
  • Pray that believers throughout Iran will not be fearful but will continue to proclaim salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

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SUDAN: Czech Aid Worker and Three Others on Trial

SUDAN: Czech Aid Worker and Three Others on Trial

Petr Jasek, a former hospital administrator from Czech Republic, is currently being tried in Khartoum, Sudan, on charges of “crimes against national security.” If convicted of the charges, Mr Jasek, along with two Sudanese pastors and another Sudanese man being tried on the same charges, could face the death penalty.

Mr Jasek has a 20-year background in the medical field, including 10 years as a hospital administrator. This experience and training uniquely qualified him to serve suffering people in places like Sudan. Mr Jasek has assisted VOM on different occasions to provide care to persecuted Christians in Sudan and Nigeria, including medical care for Christians attacked by Boko Haram.

Source: The Voice of the Martyrs USA

Prayer Points

  • Please pray for Mr Jasek, along with his co-accused, as their trial continues. Pray for favour with court officials, for justice in their trial and that all four men will be freed and allowed to return to their families.
  • Pray that God will continue to protect and sustain these men who have been unjustly imprisoned for more than nine months.
  • Pray for the wives and children of these men. Pray that God’s peace will reign in their hearts during this difficult time.