Suffering But Growing Church

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
"Christianity is spreading in parts of Iran," announced Mahmoud Alavi, Iran’s Minister of Intelligence during a speech to Shia Muslim clerics at Qom (an Iranian city full of Islamic seminaries) on May 4th.   Alavi also confirmed that his Intelligence ministry has been summoning Christian converts for questioning. This is a public admission of the systematic violation of Iran’s own constitution,...
Thursday, March 21st, 2019
The Christian community in Iran continues to face arrests, arbitrary detentions, interrogations, court cases and other injustices.   Just recently we heard of a brother who lost his job after a period of detention and interrogation. He is now worried about how to provide for his family. Other breadwinners also fear what will happen to their families if they are arrested. Others are already struggling...
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Sanaz is a new Iranian believer in a refugee camp in Europe. Her personal bible is just covered with notes, highlights and underlining. Now, that is hunger for the Word of God!   Sanaz has loved studying her Bible ever since she came to faith. Devouring sermons and books that help her to understand God's Word, she takes careful notes. So when other refugees ask questions about Jesus, Sanaz is ready...
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
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...
Friday, January 25th, 2019
Following an intensification of persecution in the lead up to Christmas, arrests and interrogations of Christians in Iran have continued into the new year. Of those arrested in December, some were released on bail before the new year. They have been warned against engaging in any Christian activities and will be watched by the government. Others remain in prison, subject to interrogations and harsh treatment....
Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Well over 100 Iranian Christians from a Muslim background have been arrested inside Iran within the past several weeks. The intensification of persecution and arrests by the Islamic Republic of Iran is common in the weeks leading up to Christmas. When arrested, house church members are interrogated. When released, they are then warned not to carry on with any Christian activities. They are watched by the...
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...

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