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Maryam Naghash Zargaran (Open Doors)
Maryam Naghash Zargaran
Photo: Open Doors

Iranian Christian Maryam Naghash Zargaran returned to Evin Prison on December 5th, 2016 after medical parole -- only to be told on arrival that her overall sentence term had been extended by an additional 45 days. Prison officials punished her for not returning on time.

After being granted a five-day leave, which was extended by a court ruling, Maryam's plea for conditional release was rejected. The young woman's health remains a serious concern despite various periods of medical leave. For previous reports on Maryam's situation, click here.

Please pray that God would strengthen and heal Maryam -- physically as well as spiritually. May He surround her with His love, comfort and peace in the midst of a very difficult and dark place during her remaining prison term. Similar to the case of the Biblical character Joseph, may she receive mercy, kindness and favour from the prison officials and also the prisoners. May the Lord's light shine brightly in Evin Prison -- and through Maryam's life -- revealing His truth, righteousness and powerful transforming love.