Iran: Pastor’s son receives verdict

Ramiel Bet Tamraz and a friend have each been sentenced to four months’ imprisonment for “acting against national security” by joining house churches. Judge Ahmadzadeh oversaw the hearing on 18 June and delivered the verdict on 11 July. There is likely to... read more

Turkey: Prayer reminder for upcoming hearing

Please pray for the upcoming hearing on 18 July for American pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey. Andrew faces charges related to terrorism and espionage that could result in a 35-year prison sentence. This is the third hearing, following hearings on 16 April and 7 May.... read more

Iran: Mohammadali Yassaghi freed from detention

Friends of Mohammadali Yassaghi (Estifan) praise the Lord for his release from Babol Prison in Mazandaran Province, North Iran. On 1 June MEC requested prayer for Mohammadali, a member of the ‘Church of Iran’, praying that he would be soon freed and able... read more

Algeria: Another Church Re-opens

Algerian Christians rejoice in the re-opening of a church in El Ayaida (35km east of Oran) which had been closed in January 2018. However, there is still need for prayer in the face of continued government pressure, with several churches remaining closed. The church... read more

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