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Youcef Nadarkhani
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Last month, Youcef Nadarkhani, an Iranian pastor convicted of apostasy for leaving Islam, had his death sentence for apostasy upheld and confirmed by the Iranian Supreme Court (click here for more information). On July 3, Pastor Youcef's lawyer reported that his case was being returned to the Revolutionary Tribunal of Gilan Province and that the Supreme Court would annul the sentence if Youcef renounced his faith. Iranian Christians are emphasizing, however, that reports indicating Pastor Youcef's case has already been annulled are misleading, as the annulment is dependent on him recanting his faith and embracing Islam. Pastor Youcef thus remains at serious risk of execution and continues to face extreme pressure to deny Christ. The Revolutionary Tribunal has been instructed to give Youcef more time in which to recant his faith in Jesus, which suggests that while the death sentence remains against him it may not be as imminent as first thought. There remains some uncertainty, however, as Pastor Youcef's lawyer has yet to receive written confirmation of the death sentence verdict.

Pray Pastor Youcef will be exonerated and released. Pray he will continue to find encouragement and strength in Christ in prison. Pray Iranian officials operating in corrupt and oppressive ways will repent of their actions and come to embrace Christ as Lord. Pray Christians in Iran will set their minds on Christ as they serve Him amid opposition (1 Corinthians 1:10).

Find out more about Iranians staying faithful to the Lord at great cost at 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.

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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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