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Mohammad-Hadi Bordbar
Photo: Mohabat News

Mostafa Bordbar, a Christian resident of Rasht (northern Iran), was released from Evin prison after spending eleven months behind bars. After appearing before the appeals court on October 30th, 2013, Mostafa was granted an opportunity to defend himself regarding the charges that were made against him. As a result of the recent hearing, all charges were dropped and he was granted release from prison on Sunday, November 3rd.

In June of this year, an initial court had sentenced Mostafa to ten years in prison. However, his lawyer, Ms. Shima Ghousheh, who happens to be a member of the Human Rights Commission in Iran, appealed the decision in hopes that with the statements she prepared the charges would be dropped.

As reported in a previous prayer alert, Mostafa was arrested along with 50 other Farsi-speaking Christians on December 27th, 2012. These believers had gathered in northern Tehran to celebrate Christmas and worship the Lord in the home of a fellow believer. For more details, click here.

May the Lord continue to be with Mostafa as he commences his Christian life beyond the confines of Evin's prison walls, keeping him from any further threat of arrest while also strengthening his faith. At the same time, please remember Iran's other imprisoned believers. This includes Pastor Saeed Abedini who was recently transferred to Rajaei Shahr Prison, an institution reputed for confining murderers. Just as Daniel in the Old Testament was protected while in the lion's den, let's pray that God will supernaturally keep Pastor Saeed and those in similar circumstances from any imminent danger or harm.

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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. 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.

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Country Information


85,888,910 (July 2021 est.)

Persian, Azeri, Kurd, Lur, Baloch, Arab, Turkmen and Turkic tribes

Religion (%)
Islam (99.4), other, including Christian (0.3), Unspecified (0.3)

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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