Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian convert Reza Zaeemi (40) from Karaj.
Reza was arrested on the street by plainclothes security agents in November 2020. He was blindfolded, handcuffed, then interrogated for four hours. He was taken to a detention centre belonging to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and detained 17 days before being released on bail of 60 million tomans.
On 25 January Reza was sentenced at the 4th Branch of the Revolutionary Court in Karaj to 18 months’ prison for “propaganda against the Islamic Republic by promoting evangelical Christianity.” He was also given a two-year travel ban.
At an appeal hearing on 25 April, the conviction was upheld, but the prison sentence was reduced to nine months.
Prayer is requested that:
- The Lord will strengthen and prepare Reza as he waits to be summoned to prison.
- The Iranian authorities will stop persecuting Christian converts and regarding evangelical Christianity as a crime against the regime.