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Ebrahim Hossin-Zadeh
Photo: Mohabat News

As Christians continue to face imprisonment in Iran due to their faith in Jesus Christ, we ask that you specifically remember the following believers in your prayers this week.

In mid-November, authorities arrested 32-year-old Ebrahim Hossin-Zadeh, a house church leader in the city of Shirza, after raiding his residence. Many of Ebrahim's personal belongings were confiscated -- including his books, cell phone and computer. The church leader, who converted to Christianity several years ago, was interrogated before being transferred to a detention centre. At last report, no further information had been provided to his family regarding his whereabouts or condition.

Meanwhile, authorities have increased Farshid Fathi's sentence by one year. Farshid, a house church leader who has already served more than four years of his original six-year sentence, will now have to endure three more years of incarceration. The increased sentence is reportedly related to a controversial security raid at Evin Prison that left the Christian man hospitalized with a broken leg and damaged joints. (For more information on these injuries, read a previous prayer alert.)

On a positive note, six-year prison charges placed against three Christian men were revoked in early December. Behnam Irani, Matthias Haghnejad and Silas Rabbani were initially charged with the capital offence of "spreading corruption on earth." Behnam and Matthias were later accused of "enmity of God." These charges were dropped and the men were instead tried for "action against national security" and "creating a network to overthrow the system." Matthias and Silas were released after the charges were dropped; however, Behnam remains imprisoned in Karaj where he is serving a previous one-year sentence for "action against the state" and a five-year sentence for "action against national security." (For more information on the trials these men have faced, go to this page.)

While praising God for the release of Matthias and Silas, let us remember in prayer the many others who remain imprisoned in Iran because of their faith. In particular, lift up Ebrahim, Farshid and Behnam to our gracious Heavenly Father, asking that He sustain and protect them as they languish in prison. Pray that the charges placed against them will be dropped and, as a result, they would soon be released! In the meantime, may they follow the Lord faithfully even while in chains, interceding for their fellow inmates and serving as effective testimonies. Additionally, ask God to encourage the hearts of these believers' loved ones as they navigate the legal system and try to go about their daily lives with His ongoing help and strength.

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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    Ayoub Poor-Rezazade - Photo: Middle East Concern
    Ayoub Poor-Rezazade
    Photo: Middle East Concern

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    Morteza, Ahmad and Ayoub
    Photo: Middle East Concern

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    Underground house church - Photo: VOM USA
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    Photo: VOM USA

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    Ebrahim Raisi
    President Ebrahim Raisi
    Photo: Mehr News Agency (cc)

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