Iran: Updates to recent prayer requests

On 11 and 12 November, Middle East Concern requested prayer for Ebrahim Firouzi, who is serving two years’ internal exile, and for two court hearings, one for Ismaeil Maghrebinejad and the other for Assyrian Pastor Victor bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh,... read more

Syria: Call for prayer following murders of Christians

The Middle East Council of Churches is leading calls for renewed prayer for Syria, following the murder of a church leader and his father in a spate of violence in the northeast of the country on 11 November. Father Hovsep Bedoyan, priest of the Mar Yousef Armenian... read more

Iran: Ebrahim Firouzi goes into internal exile

Friends of Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi request prayer as he is now on his way to Sarbaz on the border with Pakistan to spend two years in exile there as part of a sentence he received in 2013. Ebrahim was released from Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj on 26 October... read more

Iran: Hearing for Ismaeil Maghrebinejad

Iranian Christians request prayer for a court hearing on12 November for Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad. Ismaeil (65) was arrested in Shiraz on 25 January and charged with “propaganda against the state and insulting the sacred Iranian establishment.” At a... read more

Turkey: Christian convert teacher dismissed from duties

Turkish Christians request prayer for Christian convert, Esma, who has been withdrawn from her teaching duties and is being investigated by the National Education Board after the Turkish press accused her of missionary activities through her social media account. Esma... read more

Iran: Update on court hearing for Ismaeil Maghrebinejad

On 1 November MEC requested prayer for the court hearing of Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad on 2 November. Close contacts with Ismaeil report that the hearing went well, that the judge accepted the lawyer Ismaeil proposed for his defence and that Ismaeil was... read more

Iran: Court hearing for Christian convert

Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad who is scheduled to attend a court hearing on 2 November. Ismaeil (65) was arrested in Shiraz on 25 January and was harshly interrogated with no respect for his age. He was charged with... read more

Iran: Ebrahim Firouzi released from prison

Iranian Christians are delighted to report that Christian convert Ebrahim Firouzi has been released from prison. Ebrahim was released from Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj on 26 October, but will soon begin to serve two years’ internal exile in Sarbaz on the border with... read more

Algeria: Another church to be closed

Algerian Christians request continued prayer as the systematic government campaign to close churches escalates. On 17 October, another church was informed that it will soon be  closed. Christians, who demonstrated peacefully were violently arrested by the police.... read more

Iran: Nine converts from Rasht get five years each

Iranian Christians request prayer for nine men of the “Church of Iran” denomination who have each received a five-year prison sentence due to their Christian faith and activity. Abdolreza (Matthias) Haghnejad was arrested on 10 February when Iranian security... read more

Algeria: Campaign against churches escalates

Algerian Christians request continued prayer as the systematic government campaign to close churches escalates. On 15 October 2019 the Gendarmerie closed three church buildings, the Full Gospel Church of Tizi Ouzou, the church of Makouda and the church of Tafat. The... read more