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Evin prison in Iran
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July 23rd marked the 300th day of Pastor Saeed Abedini's imprisonment in Iran. According to Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, it was nearly a year ago that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard raided the home of Pastor Saeed's parents in Tehran and imprisoned him. During his incarceration, he has been subjected to beatings which have caused internal injuries necessitating medical treatment.

On July 20th, 2013, he was taken to a private hospital in Tehran for treatment. For the first time, he was examined by a physician and prescribed medication for injuries sustained from the beatings he endured at the hands of prison guards. (On two past occasions, the 33-year-old believer had been taken to the local hospital only to be sent home without an examination or treatment for his injuries.)

Pastor Saeed's wife responded favourably to this positive update: "Thank you to all of the individuals who have prayed, written letters, signed petitions, called government officials, run benefit races, tweeted, and shared Saeed's story. Thank you to all the government officials from around the world who have stood for my husband. Iran has listened to your pleas."

While we can rejoice with Saeed's family over this positive turn of events, they still very much need our prayers. Ask that God's presence will continue to minister peace and comfort to Pastor Saeed and his concerned loved ones. May the Lord work out His good plans in each of their lives, using this time of trial to refine, purify, strengthen and ultimately bless them. Of equal importance is His work of salvation in the hearts of the prison guards, fellow prisoners and governmental authorities.

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. VOMC is also working with partners to provide the Theology of Persecution course in Farsi to train Iranian believers to provide a proper theological perspective and understanding of persecution from a Biblical point of view.

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 (99.4), other, including Christian (0.3), Unspecified (0.3)

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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