Suffering But Growing Church

Monday, August 17th, 2009
The intimidation of Christians by arrest and interrogation has intensified in the last two weeks. On July 31st all twenty four Christians at a meeting in the village of Amameh, north of Tehran, were arrested and taken for questioning. A source told Compass Direct, “Many people stormed the villa, and in the same day they took everything.” Seventeen of them were released the same day, but seven of them remain in...
Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Imprisoned for over five months, Maryam Rusampoor (27) and Marzieh Amirizadeh (30) were brought to an Islamic Court early on Sunday morning (August 9th) and accused of apostasy. They were asked by the deputy prosecutor, Mr Haddad, if they were Christians. They replied, ‘We love Jesus’. Asked again, they said, ‘Yes, we are Christians.’ Mr Haddad then told then they should renounce their faith verbally and in writing...
Monday, July 27th, 2009
Apparently Ali Shahrokhi, a member of Iran’s Legal and Judicial Committee of Paliament, has said the mandatory death sentence for apostates from Islam was going to be withdrawn from the new Islamic Penal code due to be ratified soon. This is of course good news for the church, but three notes of caution should be sounded. Firstly the Guardian Council, made up of strict conservatives, will have the last word and they...
Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
In the midst of the political turmoil and the ongoing intimidation of Christians such as Maryam and Marzieh, still held in Evin prison, the church cointinues to bless non believers. Here is a typical example. Two days ago four year old girl Nafiseh was admitted into hospital in Kermanshahr with severe diabetes. She soon went into a coma. Her aunt was a Christian, and she contacted her son, an active member of a...
Saturday, June 27th, 2009
As Iran remains deeply divided over the election results, two Christian women Marzieh Amirizadeh (30) and Maryam Rustampoor (27) continue to suffer in prison for their stand for Christ. They are in danger of being lost in the system, now overwhelmed by over two thousand detained protesters. In the last few days six hundred other women have entered the section of Evin prison where they are being held. Arrested on...

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