Sudan: Update on convert couple facing adultery charges

Sudan: Update on convert couple facing adultery charges

At a court hearing on 12 May,  a pastor explained that, according to Christian marriage laws, Hamouda and Nada, both converts to Christianity, remain married despite being forced to divorce in an Islamic court. The pastor was the sole witness heard. Hamouda and Nada...

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Iran: Iranian Armenian and two converts sentenced

Iran: Iranian Armenian and two converts sentenced

Iranian Christians request prayer for Anooshavan Avedian (60), an Iranian Armenian sentenced to ten years in prison for church activities, and converts Abbas Souri (45) and Maryam Mohammadi (46) who both received non-custodial sentences. Anooshavan, Abbas and Maryam...

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Sudan: Convert couple facing adultery charges

Sudan: Convert couple facing adultery charges

A court hearing is scheduled for 12 May for Nada and Hamouda, both Muslim when they married in 2016. They have two children. Hamouda converted to Christianity in 2018. Nada's family forced her to dissolve the marriage as apostasy was then a capital crime in Sudan....

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Iran: Update – Two converts from Rasht released

Iran: Update – Two converts from Rasht released

In an update to the recent prayer prayer request on five Christian converts arrested in Rasht, Behnam Akhlaghi and Babak Hosseinzadeh have been released, but Ahmad (Youhana) Sarparast, Ayoub (Farzin) Pour-Rezazadeh and Morteza Mashhoodkari remain detained. The five...

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Iran: Five converts re-arrested in Rasht

Iran: Five converts re-arrested in Rasht

Iranian Christians request prayer for five Christian converts arrested in Rasht following raids on their homes. On 8 May at about 10:30 p.m., security agents conducted simultaneous raids in Rasht on the homes of Behnam Akhlaghi, Babak Hosseinzadeh, Ahmad (Youhana)...

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Iran: Christian convert arrested and wife interrogated

Iran: Christian convert arrested and wife interrogated

Iranian Christians request prayer for Rahmat Rostamipour (49) who remains detained after being arrested at his home in Anzali on 18 April. A dozen plain-clothes Iranian intelligence agents raided the house of Christian convert Rahmat early in the morning,...

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Sudan: Pastor sentenced for “disturbing the peace”

Sudan: Pastor sentenced for “disturbing the peace”

At a 25 April court hearing, Pastor Estefanos of a church in Hajj Abdallah, Gezira State, was sentenced to one month in prison, effective immediately. He was sentenced under Article 69 of the Public Order Law for "disturbing public peace." The sentence is being...

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Sudan: Church attack in Hajj Abdallah

Sudan: Church attack in Hajj Abdallah

On 10 April, a group of Islamic extremists (Shabab Al Hilla) attacked Christians praying in a church in Hajj Abdallah - Gezira. The group had previously attempted through local authorities to close the church. With the church continuing to meet, the group turned to...

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Iran: Christian convert starts two-year prison sentence

Iran: Christian convert starts two-year prison sentence

Iranian Christians request prayer for Fariba Dalir as she serves a two-year prison sentence for “acting against national security by establishing and leading an Evangelical Christian church.” In July 2021 agents from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)...

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Iran: Converts given prison sentences and fines

Iran: Converts given prison sentences and fines

Iranian Christians request prayer for Christian converts Ayoub Poor-Rezazade, Morteza Mashhoodkari and Ahmad Sarparast, who have each been sentenced to five years in prison and fined for “deviant propaganda.” Ayoub, Morteza and Ahmad were arrested by agents of the...

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Palestine: Pastor released on bail

Palestine: Pastor released on bail

Palestinian Christians are grateful that pastor Johnny Shahwan has been released on bail from a Bethlehem prison. Pastor Johnny was arrested and detained on 3 March after unintentionally hosting the Jewish right-wing nationalist activist and former Knesset member...

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Algeria. Another church ordered to close

Algeria. Another church ordered to close

Christians in Algeria request prayer for another church in Bejaia city, as the authorities’ campaign to close churches and prosecute individual Christians appears to be escalating. The church of “Aouchiche” was informed on 6 April of a 21 March administrative closure...

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