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IranAn Iranian Christian convert, Homayon Shokohie Gholamzadeh (48), who was arrested on May 11 by police in the city of Shiraz (click here for more details), was released from prison on May 22, according to a May 29 report from Compass Direct. He was taken into custody with his wife and another couple of Christian converts before boarding a flight at Shiraz International Airport. On June 2, another Iranian Christian convert from Islam arrested on May 11, Mojtaba Hussein (21), was also released from prison, according to a June 3 report from Compass Direct. The authorities demanded valuable property deeds as bail collateral for the release of the two believers.

For more information on the persecution of Christians in Iran, go to the Iran Country Report.

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By funding television broadcasts, VOMC is making it possible for a vast audience of viewers to be reached throughout Iran with the "Good News" of Jesus' love via satellite.

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
85,888,910 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity
Persian, Azeri, Kurd, Lur, Baloch, Arab, Turkmen and Turkic tribes

Religion (%)
Islam (99.6), other, including Christian (0.3), Unspecified (0.2)

Leader
President Ebrahim Raisi (2021)

Government type
Theocratic republic

Legal system
Religious legal system based on secular and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Iran

As the Gospel message goes forth over the airwaves, may the growth of the church continue to multiply despite persecution. Pray that the Iranian government will be open to change, allowing full rights and protection for its non-Muslim citizens as well. In the meantime, may those who are forced to flee the country find safe refuge and help so they can live in peace and worship the Lord with freedom.

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