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Members of a home-based church in the city of Ahvaz, Iran are concerned about a fellow church member. More than a month since his arrest, there is no information about the condition of 27-year-old Neshan Saeedi. On July 24 at 9:00 p.m., Saeedi was spending a quiet evening at home with his wife and young daughter when plain-clothes security forces entered his house and arrested him. The security officers searched the home and seized personal belongings such as a computer, CDs containing films of Christian seminars and teachings, Christian books and Bibles, and family photo albums.

The family was then taken to the Chaharshir detention centre in Ahvaz where they faced several hours of interrogation before Saeedi's wife and daughter were released. Officers threatened Mr Saeedi's wife that, if they continue in their Christian activities, they may lose the right to keep their daughter. They were also accused of threatening the national security of the country and taking part in anti-government activities. They were told that they were spies of foreign powers and were leading people to pro-Israel ideology.

The members of the home-based church who fellowshipped with Saeedi and his wife, out of fear for their lives and the possibility of further arrests and persecution, have since scattered and dismantled the fellowship. The security agents are seeking two other leaders of this church by the names of Ebi and Omid and are following all leads to pursue and arrest them. (Source: Farsi Christian Network News)

Please pray Neshan Saeedi will be released. Pray for his physical, mental and spiritual well-being during this trial. Ask the Lord to protect his wife, daughter and the other church leaders, Ebi and Omid. Pray for courage and boldness for Christian believers in Iran.

Go to the Iran Country Report for more information on the suffering of Christians in Iran.

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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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