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An Iranian Christian, Ramtin Soodmand, was recently charged with promoting anti-government propaganda. Ramtin, who was arrested on August 21, was permitted short phone calls to his wife throughout September, but has recently been placed in solitary confinement.

The charge against Ramtin has sparked concern that he may be tried under a draft law currently under review by the Council of Guardians that proposes a mandatory death penalty for apostasy (click here for more information). Ramtin's father, Pastor Hussein Soodmand, was the last man in Iran to be executed for apostasy in 1990.

Pray for the Soodmand family as another of their loved ones faces trial and hardship for Christ’s sake. Pray that Ramtin will be released and the charges against him dropped.

Learn more about the persecution of Iran's Christians by visiting 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.

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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