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Behnam Irani
Photo: CSW
Farshid Fathi
Photo: FreeFarshid.org

Behnam Irani and Farshid Fathi, two Christian men imprisoned for their faith, are in need of our prayers and petitions.

Pastor Behnam, who is currently serving a six-year prison sentence, was beaten and transferred to an unknown location in the early hours of June 7th. Behnam has suffered from stomach ulcers and intestinal problems, and underwent surgery in February. (For more information on this prisoner of faith, visit our website.)

Meanwhile, a Christian prisoner whose foot was broken by a guard has been denied permission to return to hospital and receive further treatment. Farshid was among a group of more than 30 prisoners who were injured by prison guards in April. Despite being in agonizing pain, he was taken to hospital three days after the incident. Although he was treated with a cast, his foot requires follow-up surgery. However, Farshid has been denied further treatment and, medically speaking, the window of opportunity for an operation has passed. He must now wait for his foot to heal naturally. (To learn more about the attack on Farshid, please visit this page.)

Please pray that God will surround Behnam and Farshid with His peace and grace. While we can rest assured that God is fully aware of Behnam's current whereabouts and condition, pray that Iran's authorities will soon reveal his location to his loved ones. Let us also pray that his health will not suffer from this latest ordeal. Please also intercede for Farshid as his foot heals, praying that his recovery will be swift and complete. Also remember in prayer the prison guards in Iran's jails...that they may seek justice and pursue peace, ultimately coming to faith in Jesus Christ.

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


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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