Suffering But Growing Church

Thursday, April 06th, 2017
On February 20, a mother and son, both converts to Catholicism, had their home in Urmia raided and they were taken into custody by the Revolutionary Guard. The whereabouts of the pair, known as Veronika and Augustine, are currently unknown, but it is believed that they may have been detained at the intelligence building of the Revolutionary Guards, where detainees often suffer very abusive treatment.  Please...
Monday, February 13th, 2017
Last year three Iranian Christians, Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi, were charged with consumption of alcohol for drinking wine during a communion service. After a court hearing on September 10, 2016 they were sentenced to 80 lashes each. An appeal hearing was scheduled for February 9, 2017. It is not yet clear whether this hearing went ahead or not.  Please pray for justice...
Thursday, December 08th, 2016
Summer 2016 saw a marked increase in the mistreatment of Christian converts in Iran.  That’s why 19 Iranian and European human rights groups have urged the international community to use new opportunities for trade with Iran to hold the government to account over its abusive treatment of Christian converts. Between May and August 2016 the arrests of 79 Christians were reported, according to the human rights...
Thursday, November 03rd, 2016
After years of suffering for his Christian faith, Behnam Irani was finally released from prison in Karaj on October 17th. He had been in prison since May 2011. Behnam’s years in prison were marked by unjust suffering. For the first few months he was held in solitary confinement where guards used sleep deprivation as a form of psychological abuse. Much of the rest of his time inside was spent in a cell with...
Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Christian prisoner Maryam Naghash Zargaran (also known as ‘Nasim’) returned to Evin prison on Saturday 17 September after the attorney general refused to extend her medical leave.  She had been granted leave on 28th August and was in the middle of her treatment when she was summoned to return to prison. Maryam has been through this difficult process on a previous occasion: she was granted a period of much-...
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Five Christian brothers were arrested during an afternoon picnic on Friday 26 August, by agents of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). The five men were reportedly taken to a detention facility where they are believed to remain detained without formal charge. It is likely they are enduring interrogation. A group of Christian believers from Tehran were gathered together for the picnic in the...
Monday, July 25th, 2016
With the summer now upon us, Iran’s prisons will be even more uncomfortable than normal.  Highs of 37°C (97°F) during July in many parts of Iran, combined with poor ventilation and overcrowding in wards, prisoners will be suffering in new ways. The Christians in prison would surely appreciate prayers for strength as they seek to continue being a light in these difficult months, and for the other prisoners to be...
Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
This is a testimony heard last month at an Elam conference. The story shows that the One who saw Hagar in her desert, still watches today and sends help. The rains had come to Isfahan and the streets were deserted. A solitary woman walked along an empty street in the downpour. She turned a corner and there was the river, its waters rising. There too was an empty bridge. There were no pedestrians, no...
Friday, May 06th, 2016
Iran’s church knows the reality of suffering, but it is seeing some miracles happen. At a recent ladies conference hosted by Elam, Esther came forward for prayer. She was losing her sight in her right eye. Worse, the hospital had told her she would go completely blind in that eye. The team prayed. With great excitement Esther said she could see more in the sick eye, but not completely. So the team prayed more....
Friday, April 08th, 2016
Christian prisoner Ebrahim Firouzi has asked for prayer for the church in Iran and for strength for himself as he serves his sentence.  He said he wants to stand firm for Christ in the face of the persecution he is enduring, but he needs support in the form of prayer. Ebrahim has been imprisoned since August 2013 because of his evangelistic ministry. He is serving a five year sentence, and is currently...
Friday, March 18th, 2016
As a very devout Muslim, Kambiz was a well respected figure in the local mosque in Iran. But he had a secret source of shame: his two daughters Solmaz and Farnaz. They had moved to a nearby country and had become Christians.  Whenever Kambiz spoke with his daughters on the phone they would share their faith with him and it would descend into an argument. He would yell and swear at them. He wanted nothing to do...
Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Twenty new believers in Iran have just received their first Bibles. Their pastor wonderfully describes them as being ‘happy like children who have been given Christmas gifts.’ The new believers were recently led to the Lord by a graduate of Elam’s leadership training course, who sent out a plea for Bibles soon after this group came to faith.  Within a couple of days the Bibles were in the hands of the new...
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
American-Iranian Christian Saeed Abedini was freed from prison on 16 January, after being imprisoned for over three years for his Christian ministry. He was released with three other American citizens, as part of a prisoner-exchange with Iran. Fellow former Christian prisoner, Farshid Fathi, is in good health and is thankful for ongoing prayer as he rests and recovers following his release on 21 December 2015....
Monday, December 21st, 2015
Christmas is costly. There’s the long list of presents to buy, the card-writing to cram into your packed schedule, the family politics to contend with, and the Christmas lunch to invest your time, sweat (hopefully not) and tears in. Both financially and emotionally it can be a costly - as well as a truly joyful - time of year. Christians in Iran also know there could be a high cost to celebrating Christmas....
Monday, November 09th, 2015
Christian prisoner Maryam Naghash Zargarn (also known as Nasim) is suffering with severe health issues including numbness in various limbs. Last week she was granted a short period of leave from prison to receive treatment in hospital, but her medical leave was not extended, despite the need for ongoing physiotherapy and treatment. Maryam, who has been in Evin prison in Tehran since July 2013, has suffered for...
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
The church in Iran continues to grow because believers continue to be bold in sharing the gospel, despite the high risk. Sharing Christ among Muslim-background people is seen as a heinous crime in Iran, and could result in long-term imprisonment.  Nevertheless, passionate believers continue to speak: “I have an elderly mother and felt called by God to show love and care to women like her,” shared Laleh. “A...
Thursday, September 17th, 2015
More than 240 Iranians were baptised last week in two large celebrations in the Iran region. A further 16 were baptised in a smaller service, and about 200 more will soon be baptised at a fourth celebration. We praise God for every Iranian who has been baptised recently. Seven friends, who were there to support those being baptised, responded to a call to submit their lives to Christ for the first...
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Those who have survived persecution often need just as much prayer as those currently enduring persecution.  It is relatively common knowledge that Christians in Iran can be imprisoned for their faith. New arrests and prison sentences hit the prayer headlines quite regularly. But less well known is the potential long-term psychological damage that persecution can cause. Long after an abusive arrest, an...
Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
The meeting room is crowded and hot. The worship is enthusiastic and fervent. The preaching simple: Jesus did not condemn the woman caught in adultery, because He was condemned for her. The appeal is direct: ‘Don’t leave this room with your sin; Jesus died for you.’ People come forward for prayer. One man says he is a Muslim, but he loves Jesus. ‘Do you want to become a believer? ‘Yes’. There is more talk. The...
Monday, June 22nd, 2015
An estimated 90 Christians are in a prison in Iran because of their witness to Jesus Christ.  At least twelve have been sentenced, usually for the crime of ‘working against national security’. The sentences range from one year, to eight. The rest are believed to be in pre-trial detention. For over thirty of these prisoners there is very little information. A list of all the available names can be found...

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