On 13 February MEC requested prayer for Simin Soheili and Yaser, Christian converts being held in Evin Prison, Tehran since 30 January 2019. We are glad to report that Simin was released on 14 February, but the conditions of her release are not known.
On 30 January, Simin and Yaser were summoned separately to the prison for questioning and arrested. Simin was informed she would be charged with disturbing public order, propagating Christianity and connecting with foreign entities. The prosecutor had threatened her with a ten-year prison sentence.
Yaser, who is not related to Simin, has a teenage son with severe physical disabilities. It has not been reported what charges he faces or whether he has been released from Evin Prison.
Iranian Christians request prayer that:
- Simin and Yaser and their families will know the Lord’s peace and encouragement throughout this distressing time
- God will strengthen Simin and Yaser and that they will stand firm in Christ and have wisdom in responding to this persecution
- The Iranian authorities responsible for their arrest and detention will be confronted with the truth of the Gospel and repent of their actions