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Ebrahim Firouzi

Ebrahim Firouzi has been imprisoned since 2013 on charges including "actions against national security." He was originally sentenced to one year in prison, followed by two years of exile. However, after serving the first year, he was re-tried and sentenced to an additional five years.

We are pleased to announce that Ebrahim was released from Rajaei Shahr prison on October 26th. While he still must serve two years of exile in the Sarbaz region of southeastern Iran, this Christian young man has been allowed temporary release to sort out his personal affairs.

Ebrahim states that he is in good health and happy to receive calls from friends. In addition to his prayer request for more patience -- specifically when feeling upset or angry -- he asks that we pray for a friend in prison who has unspecified urgent needs. For more details on Ebrahim and other Christians facing persecution in Iran, go to our country report.

Join with us in praising God for Ebrahim's release from prison, as well as his reported good health. Pray for his emotional well-being, including the need for peace while preparing to serve time in exile. May his friend and the many others suffering in prison because of their faith in Christ also receive needed ministry, strength and encouragement as they await their hopeful release.

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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.

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Country Information


85,888,910 (July 2021 est.)

Persian, Azeri, Kurd, Lur, Baloch, Arab, Turkmen and Turkic tribes

Religion (%)
Islam (99.6), other, including Christian (0.3), Unspecified (0.2)

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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