Following an intensification of persecution in the lead up to Christmas, arrests and interrogations of Christians in Iran have continued into the new year.
Recent arrests include five female Christian converts, one of whom is Ruhsari Kamberi, a 65-year old who was arrested and detained in Karaj, and forced to endure ten days of intensive interrogation.
Early one morning, shortly before Christmas 2018, Ruhsari Kamberi was arrested at her home by three members of Iranian intelligence. They searched her residence, confiscating mobile phones, Bibles and other Christian materials, then took her to the intelligence offices for questioning. Fewer details are available concerning four other female Christian converts, from different church groups, who were arrested at the same time.
Ruhsari was interrogated from morning until evening for ten consecutive days, then released after paying 30 million Toman bail. Two weeks ago she was brought before the prosecutor to answer charges of “acting against national security” and forced to go to a religious leader to be “instructed” and offered the opportunity to return to Islam.
Friends of Ruhsari have been shocked by this disrespectful treatment towards an elderly woman and report that she has been very upset by her experience.
Please pray that:
- God will help all Christians who are arrested and interrogated in Iran to stand firm in the faith.
- God will bring his peace, comfort and encouragement to Ruhsari and the other women arrested at the same time.
- God will also bring his comfort to Ruhsari’s husband and children and the relatives of the other women.
Source: Middle East Concern