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Three Iranian Christians remain missing after they and 12 others were arrested by security forces in Pakdasht on December 24. The believers were seized and detained by officials while gathered at a house church to celebrate Christmas. After a week without information, family members contacted authorities and demanded to know the condition of the 15 believers. They were told that the Christians would be released the same day, but instead they were secretly transferred to the notorious Evin prison in Tehran. Twelve of the believers were released on January 4. The whereabouts and condition of the remaining three -- Maryam Jalili, Mitra Zahmati, and Farzan Matin -- remained unknown at last report. Security officials have also raided the imprisoned Christians' residences and confiscated their books, computers, phone directories, CDs, DVDs and Christian literature. (Source: Farsi Christian News Network)

Pray that these three believers will be released unharmed. Pray that they will be a bold witness of Christ's love and forgiveness to authorities. Pray that religious freedom will be respected in Iran.

Find out more about the plight of Iranian Christians at the Iran Country Report.

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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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