Palestine: Upcoming court hearings for St Mary’s Coptic Church

Palestine: Upcoming court hearings for St Mary’s Coptic Church

Christians in the West Bank request renewed prayer for nuns of the Coptic Orthodox church and convent in Bethlehem, asking for a just conclusion to three separate legal cases. The next hearing is scheduled for 13 September. The court cases relate to attacks on 30...
Turkey: House arrest for Andrew Brunson

Turkey: House arrest for Andrew Brunson

Andrew Brunson has been released from prison due to health concerns and is now under house arrest. On 25 July the 2nd Criminal Court of Izmir ruled that Andrew could be released from prison and be kept under house arrest, as requested by Andrew and his lawyer. At a...
Iran: Further arrests in Rasht

Iran: Further arrests in Rasht

Friends of Yasser Mossayebzadeh, Mohammadreza Omidi and Saheb Fadaie request prayer following the arrest of Mohammadreza and Saheb at their homes yesterday evening (24 July) and of Yasser today (25 July). This follows the arrest of their pastor, Yousef Nadarkhani on...
Iran: church leader arrested with unnecessary force

Iran: church leader arrested with unnecessary force

Friends of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani request prayer following his violent arrest on 22 July. About ten Iranian police officers were involved, using unnecessary force on Yousef and his son, despite their offering no resistance. On 6 July, 2017, Yousef Nadarkhani, along...
Turkey: Judge refuses to release Andrew Brunson

Turkey: Judge refuses to release Andrew Brunson

Today (18 July) there was a court hearing for American pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey. This was the third hearing, following hearings on 16 April and 7 May. Despite hopes for Andrew’s release, the judge ordered that he remain imprisoned as the trial process...
Iran: Pastor’s son receives verdict

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...