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Six Christians from Shiraz, who were sentenced to various prison terms last year, had their sentences upheld on March 29th following an appeal.

In July of 2013, following a raid on their prayer meeting, the six were charged with "action against the national security" and "propaganda against the order of the system." (For more information on the raid, click here.) Another two Christians who were also arrested at the time, Roxana Forghi and Shahin Lahouti, have since been released.

The six remaining in detention are Mohammad Roghangir (six-year sentence), Massoud Rezai (five-year sentence), Mehdi Ameruni and Bijan Farokhpour Haghighi (three-year sentences), Suroush Saraie (two-and-a-half-year sentence), and Eskandar Rezai (one-year sentence).

As these believers and their loved ones now try to cope with this latest disappointment, pray that they will look to Jesus and not lose heart (Hebrews 12:3). May they use their time in prison to be "salt" and "light" to those around them, prompting many to learn more about the Saviour for whose cause they are presently suffering. Please also lift up the country of Iran to our Lord, asking Him to encourage the growth of His church and equip His people to do the good works He has prepared in advance for them (Ephesians 2:10).

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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