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Ismaeil Maghrebinejad - Photo: Middle East Concern https://www.meconcern.org
Ismaeil Maghrebinejad
Photo: Middle East Concern

Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, 65, a believer in Christ for nearly 40 years, has been facing regular harassment from security forces for the entire time. His daughter believes part of the reason for his troubles is because she and her husband, now both living in the United States, are involved in ministry to Christians in Iran via the Internet.

In January 2019, Ismaeil was arrested (see this report), then further charges of apostasy were added in October. This year, on January 11th, he was convicted of "insulting Islamic sacred beliefs" and sentenced to three years in prison. In a subsequent court decision, which took place on February 27th, another conviction was added for his alleged "membership of a group hostile to the regime" -- resulting in an additional two years of imprisonment.

Please pray for Ismaeil and his family as they face these harsh sentences. May his health and strength be renewed daily, and his steadfast love for the Lord serve as a powerful witness to every person with whom he is in contact. Furthermore, pray that the Iranian authorities would be willing to abide by their constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion, and thus authorize his rightful release. Intercede on behalf of those who oppose the Gospel, in hopes of them coming to know the reality of the Risen Saviour and turn to Him in faith.

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.

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Country Information


85,888,910 (July 2021 est.)

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

Religion (%)
Islam (99.4), 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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