During the past week, we’ve received news that twelve Christians in Iran have been given heavy sentences of at least ten years in prison. The Christians comprise three separate cases of four men each, and include eight Iranian converts from Islam (including Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who was released from prison in 2012 after being sentenced to death for apostasy). Several of the men are out on bail, while others are already in prison.
Mansour Borji, Advocacy Director of Article 18, an organisation that defends persecuted Christians in Iran, stated: “The charges and sentences are out of fear, the sentences are harsh and the whole way the court hearings have been conducted… tells us about how the Iranian government is fearful of the growth of Christianity inside Iran.”
Lastest on latter link: Lift up in prayer 46-year-old Naser Navard Goltapeh, a recent Iranian convert, who now faces the prospect of ten years behind bars in Iran’s notorious prison system. Pray that he will know the presence of the Holy Spirit and the comfort of the Good Shepherd who is with him even in the darkest valley (Psalm 23:4). Ask that the Almighty will restrain the hand of evil and expose the deception (Proverbs 26:26) of so-called moderates, who speak conciliatory words to Western leaders while increasing the persecution of Christians.