Iran:court hearing for pastor’s son

Iranian Christians request prayer following a court hearing on 18 June at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Ramiel Bet Tamraz, an Assyrian Christian, and another man, a Christian convert, who has asked for his name to be withheld, were both charged with... read more

Algeria: two churches re-open, though pressures continue

As Algerian Christians continue to request prayer in the face of pressure by the government, they are grateful that two recently-closed churches in Oran Province have been permitted to re-open. Churches in Ain Turk and Oran were closed in November 2017 and February... read more

Palestine: minor incident with priest

Christians in Jerusalem and Bethlehem are thankful for the reconciliatory response to a recent incident involving a Franciscan priest in Bethlehem, but are concerned that a minor incident has become exaggerated and politicized. On Friday 1 June, Father Fadi Shallufi... read more

Iran: Update on appeal hearing for Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh

This morning (9 May) there was an appeal hearing for Assyrian Christian Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, wife of pastor Victor Bet Tamraz. On 6 January, Shamiram was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by Judge Ahmadzade of Tehran Revolutionary Court for acting against... read more

Turkey: second hearing for Andrew Brunson

Christians in Turkey request further prayer for Andrew Brunson following his second court hearing on 7 May. The court listened to the testimonies of witnesses, but three of the witnesses submitted by the defense were refused permission to testify on the grounds that... read more

Iran: Appeal hearing for Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh

Iranian Christians request prayer for an appeal hearing for Assyrian Christian Shamiram Isavi Khabizeh, wife of pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, on 9 May. On 6 January, Shamiram was sentenced to five years imprisonment by Judge Ahmadzade of Tehran Revolutionary Court for... read more

Turkey: Upcoming second hearing for Andrew Brunson

Christians in Turkey request further prayer for Andrew Brunson, the American pastor imprisoned in Turkey since October 2016, as he prepares for his next court hearing on 7 May. Andrew faces charges related to terrorism and espionage that could result in a total prison... read more

Iran: appeal unsuccessful for Rasht Christian converts

Iranian Christians request prayer for four Christian converts who have finally received the court decision following an appeal court hearing on 13 December 2017. Yesterday (2 May) the lawyer representing Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammadreza Omidi, Yasser... read more

Iran: Appeal hearing for Christians with heavy sentences

Iranian Christians are encouraged following an appeal hearing for Christian converts, Hadi Asgari and Amin Nader Afshari, and Assyrian pastor Victor Bet Tamraz. The first appeal hearing, which had been postponed, took place today (25 April). Two judges oversaw the... read more

Iran: Christian convert in Evin Prison

Iranian Christians request prayer for Aziz Majidzadeh (54) held in Evin Prison, Tehran. According to Kiaa Aalipour of Article 18, speaking to World Watch Monitor, on 2 March security forces arrested a Christian convert in his home and forced him to go to a workshop... read more