Iran: Christian converts in Rasht sentenced

Iranian Christians request prayer for four Christian converts in Rasht who have been given  heavy prison sentences for ‘actions against national security,’ ‘attending home churches’ and ‘spreading Zionist Christianity.’ On 1 August Ramin Hassanpour was sentenced to... read more

Iran: Excessive bail demanded for Christians

Iranian Christians request prayer as authorities are demanding exorbitant amounts for bail for the leader and members of a church group recently targeted by Iranian security.  Joseph Shahbazian, 56, an Iranian-Armenian church group leader, was arrested on 30 June. He... read more

Iran: Christian convert – prison sentences appealed

Prayer is requested for Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad (65) after, on appeal, one prison sentence was overturned, one was reduced and one was upheld. Ismaeil received three prison sentences following his violent arrest at home in Shiraz in January 2019. In... read more

Iraq: Displaced Christians in need of prayer

Christians in Iraq request prayer for Christian and Kurdish families impacted by Turkish bombardments of and incursions into Northern Iraq. About 80 families from the Zakho district fled the area bordering Turkey to the center of the district. Ten churches are... read more

Iran: Coordinated arrests of Christians

Iranian Christians request prayer after Revolutionary Guard agents arrested at least twelve Christians in three different cities. It is believed an informant gained Christians’ trust, infiltrated their network and helped Iranian security identify particular... read more

Iran: Christian converts sentenced

Iranian Christians request prayer, after seven converts in Bushehr were given prison sentences or fined. They plan to appeal. Brothers Sam and Sasan Khosravi, their wives Maryam and Marjan Falahi, Habib Heydari, Pooriya Peyma and his wife Fatemeh Talebi were arrested... read more

Iran: Hearing for Pastor Victor and others cancelled again

An appeal hearing  to review the cases of Pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh and three Christian converts was cancelled with no reason given. Three long standing cases were combined in a ruling by presiding judge Ahmed Zargar in February 2019,... read more

Iran: Upcoming appeal hearing for Pastor Victor and others

Iranian Christians request prayer for an appeal hearing on 1 June to review prison sentences given to Assyrian pastor Victor Bet Tamraz, his wife Shamiram Issavi Khabizeh, and three Christian converts. The hearing combines three long-standing cases. The first involves... read more

Iran: Update on four Christian converts in Rasht

Iranian Christians are thankful that four Christian converts have been released after bail demands were reduced. In February, Ramin Hassanpour, his wife Kathrin Sajadpour, Moslem Rahimi and another convert who does not wish to be named, were arrested for being part of... read more

Iran: Christian convert given extra sentence at retrial

Friends and family of Christian convert Ismaeil Maghrebinejad request prayer after a disappointing decision following a 9 May retrial. On 27 February Ismaeil had been sentenced to two years in prison for “membership of a group hostile to the regime.” He had received a... read more