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retired Christian school teacher from the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan, Fatemeh Pauki (58), is being denied her pension by the district court of Ouroumieh, according to a May 14 report from Farsi Christian News Network. On March 2, Pauki received a letter from the Ministry of Education stating that her pension income would not be paid to her as of April 5.

In recent years, officials of the Ministry of Information have threatened and detained Pauki. She has been forced to promise that she will not have contact with Christians or attend any Christian meetings and that she will cooperate with the security officials in spying for them. Pauki's late husband, Majid Mahmoodi Tabrizi, a convert to Christianity from Islam, was repeatedly threatened by officials in an attempt to intimidate him into renouncing his faith. He was brutally murdered by unknown assailants in July 2005. His family has since received threatening letters warning them against inquiring further into his death.

Pray that Pauki will stand strong in the face of opposition (1 Peter 5:8-10). Pray that she will take comfort in the care of her heavenly Father.

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Country Information


85,888,910 (July 2021 est.)

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

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

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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