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Pray for Homayoun Shokouhi
who was recently re-arrested.
Photo: Mohabat News via Barnabas Fund

Vahid Hakkani, a Christian man who was imprisoned along with seven others in 2012, has been released from Adel-Abad Prison in Shiraz. The believer was free to return to his relieved loved ones on January 26th. His family and friends had been concerned about Vahid's health, as he had gone on a hunger strike at least twice during the past year to protest his rejected appeal for conditional release.

Of the seven arrested with Vahid in 2012, four were released later that year and two were set free in 2014. However, Homayoun Shokouhi, who was released just this past November, has since had his bail conditions cancelled and, consequently, was ordered back to prison. He now faces a sentence of three years and eight months, with an additional suspended sentence of eight months. (For more information on Homayoun's short-lived release, visit this page.) Also remaining in detention is Motjaba Seyyed Alaedin Hossein.

Praise God for the release of Vahid from prison! May he strongly sense the Lord's strength and love in his life as he recovers from his time in detention. Please also remember in prayer the two believers remaining in prison, Homayoun and Motjaba, asking God to make a way for their release in the very near future. Until then, may they put their trust in Him for their daily needs, further strengthened by the prayers and encouragement of the church in Iran and around the world. Please also intercede for all of the officials involved in these cases, praying that they will be introduced to Jesus as Saviour and Redeemer through the testimony of the incarcerated Christians.

For information on how you can write letters of encouragement to other Iranian Christians languishing in prison, visit VOM's letter-writing site at www.PrisonerAlert.com.

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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