Suffering But Growing Church

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Nearly 100 Persian-speaking Christians were recently baptised in one city in a country neighbouring Iran. We celebrate the work that the Lord is doing in each of their lives, and pray that He would use them to grow His kingdom.  Please pray for: those who were baptised as they continue to grow in their faith. their pastors and leaders as they teach and disciple them. their witness to family and...
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
Saheb Fadaei and Fatimeh Bakhteri have received prison sentences of 18 and 12 months respectively for "spreading propaganda against the regime." It is written in the verdict that for Christians to claim that Jesus is Lord and that the Bible is their final authority can be perceived as an attack against Islam. Saheb was additionally sentenced to 2 years’ internal exile in Nehbandan County, close to the border with...
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
This month Elam held a conference for 19 women, each hand-selected from across the Iran region. Many had been abused or experienced other traumas. These women came thirsty to know how to witness and how to be more productive for God’s mission. The week-long conference was a huge blessing to all who were there. Teaching: on being rooted deeply in Jesus, leaving their problems to God and receiving from His Word...
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Friends of Mohammadali Yassaghi (Estifan) praise the Lord for his release from Babol Prison in Mazandaran Province, North Iran. Mohammadali (age 52), from a Muslim background, was arrested in Mazandaran Province on 10 April 2018 and charged with 'propaganda against the establishment.' It is common in Iran for vague political charges to be brought against those arrested for religious choices and activities of...
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
Ramiel Bet Tamraz, son of Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz and Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, has been sentenced to four months' imprisonment for "acting against national security" by joining house churches. There is likely to be an appeal, with Ramiel's lawyer asking for the sentence to be reduced or cancelled. On 26 August 2016 Ramiel, a Christian from an ethnic Assyrian background, was arrested with four Christian convert...
Friday, June 29th, 2018
There is much to pray for as we consider our brothers and sisters facing prison sentences in Iran. On 6th January, Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh was sentenced to five years' imprisonment for acting against national security and acting against the regime by organising small groups, attending a seminary abroad and training church leaders and pastors to act as spies. During her appeal hearing on 9th May, which lasted...
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
The judge who heard the court appeal of Iranian Christians Eskandar Rezaie and Suroush Saraie on 8th March is expected to issue his verdict soon. The two Christian defendants have been charged with “acting against national security”. Suroush faced an additional charge of “forgery,” as the pastor of a church in Shiraz, for issuing letters for the children of Christian converts seeking exemption from Islamic...
Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Two members of a Tehran house church who were arrested on 17th November 2017 remain detained in Evin prison. Majidreza Souzanchi Kushani and Fatimeh Mohammadi are awaiting sentencing. They could face years in prison. Similarly, Ali Amini remains detained in Tabriz Central prison after he was arrested at his workplace on 10th December 2017. Ali, who is the father of two young children, is believed to be held...
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Four Christians from Tehran are requesting prayer as they prepare to appeal harsh sentences. Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh was sentenced to five years imprisonment on 6 January 2018 because of her Christian activities. Shamiram’s husband, Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, and two younger believers, Afshar Naderi and Hadi Asgari, are also appealing long sentences, which they received in July 2017. An appeal hearing set for...
Thursday, November 30th, 2017
On Wedneday 21st November 2017 iconic buildings in the UK, including the Houses of Parliament, were lit up red in solidarity with people suffering for their faith around the world.   Lambeth Palace and at least 10 cathedrals across the UK were also illuminated, while a red London bus was emblazoned with '#RedWednesday.'   The campaign - organised by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and Christian...
Friday, October 20th, 2017
The lawyer representing four Christian converts who were each sentenced to ten years' imprisonment received a notice that the appeal hearing in their case would take place on 4th October 2017. It is not yet clear if the hearing went ahead and, if so, whether a ruling has since been issued. The four men, Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser Mossayebzadeh and Saheb Fadaie, were convicted in June 2017 of...
Friday, July 07th, 2017
In a very worrying development for Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, Hadi Asgari, Kaviyan Fallah-Mohammadi and Amin Afshar Nader (whose case was highlighted last month), the four Iranian Christian men have been given excessively long sentences. Pastor Victor, Kaviyan and Hadi have been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment each, with an additional two-year travel ban for Hadi. Meanwhile Amin has been...
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
Please pray for Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, Amin Afshar Naderi and Hadi Asgari who are awaiting a verdict after a second hearing in their case on 11th June.  At the hearing the three were not permitted to defend themselves verbally but were asked to submit written statements to the judge. The judge is due to give a verdict within ten days of the hearing. Pastor Victor and Amin were arrested on 26th December...
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...

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