Suffering Church

Maryam returned to Evin prison

Maryam Naghash Zargaran (also known as 'Nasim') returned to the women’s ward of Evin prison on Monday 27 June. The prosecutor’s office had refused to extend her medical leave, and when they...

Farshid released

  Dear friends, We are overjoyed and celebrating! Farshid Fathi has been released today (21 December 2015) after five years in prison for his faith. We are deeply grateful for...

Farshid Fathi given early release date

We are very grateful to announce that Iranian Christian prisoner Farshid Fathi has been told by prison officials that he will be released on 10 December 2015. He had previously expected to remain...

Iran's newest house church

A new house church was born during April 2015 in Iran.  An Elam graduate, the church’s new pastor, tells the story of how it happened: “Last week, an old neighbour of mine – let’s call...

The Easter rhythm of the Iranian church

Christians in Iran are preparing to celebrate Easter just like us. Remembering Jesus’ death and glorious resurrection is a special time for the house churches: there will be jubilant gatherings,...

Farshid Fathi: Prison term extended

Dear friends, We regret to share that Iranian Christian prisoner Farshid Fathi has been sentenced to a further year in prison. This additional time will commence immediately following the six year...

Good news: Christian prisoner set free!

Dear friends, It is with delight that I can share with you that Rasoul Abdollahi was released from Rajai Shahr prison in Iran on 18 February 2015 . Rasoul was serving a three-year...

Farshid's Christmas letter

Pastor Farshid has sent Christmas greetings from Rajai Shahr prison in Iran. Facing his fourth Christmas behind bars because of his faith, separated from his family, he is nevertheless comforted by...

Fastest Growing Church in the World

Iran is home to the fastest growing church in the world. According to respected publication Operation World, the church in Iran is the fastest growing anywhere on the planet, even though...

Farshid: New prison, New dangers

Christian prisoner Farshid Fathi was moved from Evin prison (Tehran) to Rajai Shahr prison* in nearby Karaj on Tuesday 19 August. The reason for this sudden move is unknown.  He is detained...

Farshid: "Night will be over"

In July 2014, Farshid Fathi sent a further letter from Evin prison, reflecting on the Lord’s faithfulness even in difficult times. “In each of our lives, there are nights: nights of loneliness,...

Persecuted but not forsaken

“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3 Many Christians in...

Farshid: on the road to recovery

Farshid has reported that his foot is feeling better and he is not in so much pain. Thank you so much for all your prayers. Please continue to pray for the ongoing healing of his foot...

Medical neglect: concerns for Farshid's foot

Christian prisoner Farshid Fathi has been told by a doctor that, medically speaking, the window of opportunity for an operation on his foot has passed. Farshid's foot was broken during...

Farshid: being denied an operation

Farshid is being denied much-needed medical attention to his injured foot. Farshid was injured on 'Black Thursday' (17 April 2014), a brutal day when guards attacked the prisoners of ward 350...

Farshid's attackers forgiven

On 17th April 2014, security forces attacked and beat over 30 prisoners, including Christian prisoner Farshid Fathi, in ward 350 of Evin prison, Tehran. Farshid went to help one of the injured...

The Martyrs of the Iranian Church: The ultimate price

Eight Christian leaders have been murdered in Iran since 1979 because of their witness. Their martyrdoms underline the need to pray against the Islamic law of apostasy that demands the death...

Magda's choice

When divorce breaks up a family, most courts put the interest of the children first when deciding custody. Not so in Iran. If you are a Christian married to a Muslim, the children must live with...

Tragic deaths not in vain

On October 24th, 1969, Mark and Gladys Bliss, close friends of Elam founder Sam Yeghnazar, lost all three of their young children in a car accident. More than 40 years after the tragedy, their...

When I imagine your pain, I forget my sufferings

Iranian Christian Farshid Fathi, suffering for his faith in prison, sent a letter to the Sandy Hook parents who have lost their children. On hearing the news of the shootings, Farshid forgot about...

70 Christians Arrested

In the early morning hours after Christmas day, the Iranian government arrested 25 Christians in Tehran and other locations. They also planned to detain sixteen others, but were unable to locate...

They hanged him 20 years ago

Rev. Hossein Soodmand was hanged in Mashad prison on the December 3rd 1990.Twenty years on Iranian Christians are remembering his brave stand for Christ. In a large church in central London, his...

Christians in prison

Between June 2010 and January 2011 there was a significant increase in the number of Christians arrested solely for practising their faith. In these six months there were 202 arrests and at the...