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Mahmood Matin-Azad
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Iranian Christians Mahmood Matin-Azad and Arash Basirat have been released, according to a September 30 report from Adn Kronos International. Azad and Basirat were arrested on May 15 (click here for more), but the tribunal has ruled that the charges brought against them are invalid. Azad and Basirat are the first two Christians to be released after a trial. On other occasions, Iranian converts were typically released after a few weeks or months in jail.

A law presently working its way through the Iranian parliament that would mandate the death penalty as punishment for apostasy is currently still under review by the Council of Guardians.

Current Ministry Fund

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.

Project Fund: Underground Church

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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