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

When the judge requested a retrial for Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, there were hopes that justice would prevail. Ismaeil had received a two-year prison sentence on February 27th for his alleged "membership of a group hostile to the regime" (read more). This sentence was in addition to a previous decision that was made on January 8th, when he was sentenced to three years for "insulting Islamic sacred beliefs."

In the most recent trial, Ismaeil's lawyer claims that the court had not been presented with "one single reason, piece of evidence or document that would justify the verdict." Despite that, the judge further convicted him on May 9th of "propaganda against the state" and added one more year to his prison sentence. Ismaeil intends to appeal all three convictions.

Pray that God will grant Ismaeil and his lawyer wisdom and guidance as they prepare for their appeal. May they rely on the leading of His Holy Spirit to give them the words that need to be conveyed in court (Matthew 10:19-20). Ask for the Lord's peace and comfort to also reign in the hearts of their concerned families and friends who are anxiously awaiting the outcome. While potentially facing an extended time of separation from his loved ones, may Ismaeil receive the strength and grace to persevere -- knowing that the Lord is far greater than any obstacle they encounter.

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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