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Pastor Youcef Nardarkhani
Photo: Present Truth Ministries

To quell the false rumours that have been circulating about former prisoner Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, Christian Solidarity Worldwide has sent an up-to-date news release refuting claims that he was executed. Accompanying the circulating rumours were false photos appearing as evidence of the pastor's execution by hanging. CSW's contacts clarify that the man in the photo is not Pastor Youcef and confirm the good news that he is indeed alive and well. Pray for God's continued protection and blessing on his life. (A previous report about this pastor's situation is available here.)

Current Ministry Fund

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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